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The Bahá’í Faith — a Primer for Writers

Posted 20th August 2009 at 05:49 PM by kaath

Several years ago I had a story ("A Cruel and Unusual Punishment" which deals with the subjects of personal responsibility, enlightenment and salvation) printed in an anthology of religious science fiction. The editor, who is Catholic, got me involved in a couple of online writer's conferences and together we've done a number of online chat-panels on writing about faith in fiction in annual MuseOnline and Catholic Writer's Conferences.

Recently, she asked me to write a series of blogs on what writers should know about my faith -- the Baha'i Faith -- before they undertake to work Baha'i characters or ideas into their stories.

Well, now, that was food for thought. I write about the Faith all the time, and have published dozens of stories with Baha'i themes and/or characters in secular genre magazines such as Analog, Interzone (UK) and Paradox. Some of those stories are collected in a book released last year by Juxta Media entitled I LOVED THY CREATION.

If you'd like a sample of what that reads like, posted in this forum's Creative Corner is a link to one piece from that volume—a magical realism story entitled "The White Dog"—in which I embedded a little vignette of Baha'i history. It was originally published in Interzone and was a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award.

Actually, come to think of it, "A Cruel and Unusual Punishment" was also printed in Interzone before it became part of INFINITE SPACE, INFINITE GOD.

Huh. How does that work? A story written by someone who is neither a citizen of the UK nor Catholic ends up in a British magazine and a Catholic anthology.

Such a small and interesting world we live in.

Anyway, friends, over the next nine weeks or so, I'm going to post a series of blogs on "The Bahá’í Faith — a Primer for Writers".

If you're interested, please feel free to drop by, pull up a virtual chair and have a read.
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    Thank you Kaath. Looking forward to reading your articles.
    Posted 20th August 2009 at 06:57 PM by Lightkeeper Lightkeeper is offline
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    Yes, I, too am looking forward to these.
    Posted 27th August 2009 at 01:39 AM by Chaitanyananda Chaitanyananda is offline

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