Visionary Fiction Forum
How would you define Visionary Fiction? What books do you think qualify? Please join this dialogue by emailing your response. If you suggest a book or books, please include author, name of book, publisher and date. We'll post this dialogue right here on this page as it develops. Thank you for making Visionary Fiction a success.
Michael, every so often something amazing happens. For me, the discovery of a new fiction genre and the finding of your website were two such "enlightenings."
I was trying to enter my Pleasure Island book in the USA Book Awards and could not find a good match in terms of category. The back of my book captions, "Contemporary Fiction: Fantasy and Philosophy". My book doesn't quite fit in Fantasy/Science Fiction and Philosophy is normally the domain of non-fiction. It also has an element of magical realism but that doesn't appear as a standard category. It's literary fiction though not mainstream fiction. I decided to send the eBook version to the awards organizer and he suggested entering it in the Visionary Fiction category. In trying to find out more about this genre, I found the visionaryfiction.org website.
In your interview, you mention that visionary fiction is about the journey of the expanding human mind itself . Pleasure Island is actually the first illustrated novella in a three-part series, each of which seeks to expand the reader's mind philosophically. The theme of Pleasure Island is: "Things are always better the way we imagine them to be. Reality is the grit that gets in the way but it makes everything possible."
Your web postings helped me connect some pertinent literary dots,
Brandon Royal (firstname.lastname@example.org), Calgary
Greetings. Please visit my website, www.freewebs.com/tantrabensko for my lucidplay publications, my ideas of lucid fiction and links to some of my published work. My writing appears in numerous journals, many of which are available online. www.lucidplay.com is one of my other sites which goes into this idea from other directions.
I'd be very interested in hearing from others writing, reading, reviewing, and publishing lucid fiction, which overlaps visionary fiction very strikingly. email@example.com. I have found several writers I feel are delving into this genre, and I have an article about them that i'll send to the forum once it comes out.
I'm an artist, and anyone interested in using my art in conjunction with your visionary work, let me know. I'm happy to support this genre. http://lucidvision.mosaicglobe.com.
Thank you so much for pushing for this. It so needs to be done. I'll link to it on my site.
I think that visionary fiction is already a genre. It just isn't a popular one yet. I say 'yet' because I think that it will be discovered by more people. Writing has been a very educational experience for me in many ways. What I have enjoyed most is hearing from readers who liked what they read or related to what they read. Some readers of visionary fiction think that it is much more popular than the genre actually is. One reader who emailed me said that he did not expect a response because I probably receive thousands of emails.
The effort and time that can go into marketing is staggering. You figure you write a decent book that some people will enjoy and word will travel. While that is true to a certain extent, having those who might be interested become aware of your work is not an easy thing. I realize this every now and then when I come across a book that I love that has been around for more than a few years and I wonder why I had not heard or read about it before.
Author, The Gift of Gabe
My name is David Harrington and I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife and two sons. I have resided here since moving here from the East Coast in 1987. I'm 48 years old. I have been writing off and on for thirty years or more. This list of published works will be helpful, I hope, as it shows some of the journals that take visionary work.
(1) TINY SEED - Esoteric Quarterly, Summer 2007 edition, page 8
(2) GOLDEN HARP - the-journals.org/harrington/harp.htm
(3) GREAT MOTHER - Autumn Winds Poetry Journal, Sept 2007 issue
(4) GOLDEN TREASURE - Skive: Short Story Quarterly ( Australia), Fall 2007
(5) TWO RAMS / 290 DAYS - Emerging Visions #9, Mindful Designs, Fall 2007
(6) FLASHBACK / BLUSHING BRIDE - Journal of Western Mystery Tradition & current fall equinox 2007 (jwmt.org)
(7) BLACK CROWS - Stellar Showcase Journal, Fall 2007 issue, page 34
(8) GOLDEN PALACE - Cosmic Lighthouse Ezine, in November 2007
(9) SUNGODDESS / TRIPLE STAR CONJUNCTION - Mystic Living Today Ezine, in November 2007
10) KEY TO CREATION - Cosmic Lighthouse Ezine, December 2007
11) MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE - Cosmic Lighthouse, January 2008
12) NEW COVENANT - Emerging Visions #10, Expanding Metaverse
13) LIVING BUTTERFLIES - Mystic Living Today, February 2007 issue
14) FALL OF SAINT MICHAEL'S, GOSPEL PREACHING GYPSIES, AGENTS OF HELL - Journal of Western Mystery Tradition, Vernal Equinox 2008.
As an author in search of a genre and thence an appropriate agent/publisher, I was pleased and enlightened to discover visionaryfiction.org and its Visionary Fiction Forum, http://www.visionaryfiction.org, which provided me with the information to contact you. I devoured the ideas, noted contributors’ names and checked out titles, heartened to find writers with a similar extra-conventional literary orientation and calmed to learn that I was not the only one with a genre-related marketing problem.
However, as I was uncertain about the current (Feb ‘07) status of the Forum and its activity (posts are not dated), I contacted Michael Gurian directly, introducing myself, my interests in the field of visionary fiction, and my work, specifically the novel I am currently marketing, THE ANATHEMAS (A Novel about Reincarnation in Christian History), which you can check out on my private website at http://home.comcast.net/~vicsmith0123/anathema.htm.
Seeking an update on this site’s status, I wrote to Michael: “In your interview on the VF site, you pose the question: ‘Is it not time for our concerted support of a new genre in world literature, a visionary fiction?’ And then suggest: ‘Over the next few years, I hope that like-minded writers will create a visionary fiction writers association. I hope like-minded readers and critics will create an award for visionary fiction (like the Hugo and Nebula are given in science fiction and the Pulitzer in literary fiction). I hope we’ll be able to support publishers in publishing visionary fiction with success. If the work can’t find publishers, it can’t find its way to you.’ But you also state: ‘One person can’t take this project on (I’m certainly not the best organizer in the world and would be ill suited to organize an association or an award), but people with good organizational heads could make this happen.’”
I then added about my own intent: “I, for one, am still enthused by the FIELD OF DREAMS attitude you showed in the interview: ‘If we build it, they will come.’ I sense a vast change in the body politic, as witnessed by the results of 11/7/06 elections and it aftermath. That 60 million people would buy THE DA VINCI CODE that promised a controversial interpretation of entrenched dogma indicates a thirst for a new vision to replace the ‘same old thing.’ Perhaps where visionary fiction was not relevant just a year ago it has become so now.”
Understandably for a man of his responsibilities in several fields, Michael replied: “Your email makes such sense. I am sorry I don't have time right now to do more with the visionaryfiction.org site. I believe in the genre. Please keep me posted on what your research discovers regarding visionary fiction.”
Hence, my specific purpose with this email, also posted to the VD site, is to re-gauge the current interest level for creating a vibrant network of dedicated visionary fiction writers, publishers and supporters who want to BUILD the field that will contain our dreams in published form.
For a visionary fiction writer, I can also be a “go for it” guy. If anything is going to get done, it has to begin with me. So, here’s my action list:
Having already done the web research on the genre, during which I assembled definitions of and citations to visionary fiction, data on competing and complementary genres, lists of interested parties and their roles, the rudiments of a database of authors, agents, publishers and other resources pertinent to the genre; I propose to do the following:
1) Write and post an entry for VISIONARY FICTION on wikipedia.com. (Volunteers to review my work before posting are welcome.)
2) Circulate appropriate variations of this entry to other general information and writing-specific web sites with the purpose of establishing name and definition recognition for the genre. (See * below for an illustrative discussion thread re NAMING the genre.)
3) Read all the visionary fiction I can get my hands on and, if warranted, write a positive review for the work on Amazon, thus helping that author’s sales.
4) Either work with Michael Gurian to revitalize the VisionaryFiction.org site (currently under discussion) or establish another forum, as simple as a Yahoo Discussion Group for starters if necessary, to move this project forward. (Suggestions welcome.)
5) Take responsibility to be an initial impetus behind the organization, communication and promotion of the concept of “visionary fiction” and its authors.
6) Hold on to and advance the dream of a thriving body of visionary literature that contributes mightily to humanity making the leap to that next level of spiritual and practical evolution without which our future prospects as a race are bleak indeed.
That’s me, for starters. Plenty more to talk about and get done. How about you? Does the prospect of a large visionary fiction section in your local bookstore, your works among them, send energy rippling up your spine? If so, let’s start the conversation. Send your reply email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will share with other interested parties and keep you posted on VF site and alternate developments.
* Curiously, due to its "woo-woo" connotations, I was not really comfortable with the term "visionary." I preferred "Evolutionary Fiction" but found it a term already taken to describe Prehistoric authors like Jean Auel, or for fiction with a Darwinian flavor, or among Fundamentalists a derogatory term for evolutionism itself (contrasted to creationism). A disappointment as I find the "evolutionary" thrust of our works more important, descriptive and embracive than "visionary" connotes. I wonder about others’ forays into NAMING our stuff. Is “visionary fiction” well enough on its way that, with repetition it might do well enough to identify us? (This might best be discussion #1 once a forum for conversation is set up.)
Feb. 22, 2007
Just to let you know, I have at last managed to self publish my new visionary fiction novel "When We All Dream Together ( Previously entitled "The Thirteenth Sense")
The novel sows the seed idea that society can be changed for the better through people learning to dream lucidly together. This adventure story is based in my own and other peoples lucid dream experiences and explores techniques of using sacred geometry, light and sound to enhance our lucid dreaming experience. Set in the present with it's climax in 2012 this novel is a humorous wonder tale offering a ray of hope for humanity as we hurtle towards the end of one world and the beginning of another.
The book is suitable for teenagers and older and can be purchased or previewed here www.lulu.com/kenscreations
Wishing all the authors on your website all the best with their work.
My last post here was 2003 under Diane Susann Adamms. Since then, I have published my own novel like many of you. The working title then was 'Odor from Dreamland Sent' and it went into closet from mere discouragement.
But novel is now published as A Breath Floats By: An Illusion for the Soul by Visionary Author Thayne Hudson. That's me. A Google search will take one to the ESSA Books website or Amazon or any other number of places where I am marketing, to no avail. Yes, to no avail. But I have only begun.
This is a novel about soul purpose. Soul clusters who assist one another to their life purpose and in healing from life's spiritual wounding. Life dimensions vs. the reincarnation theory. Dream telepathy, intuitive and afterlife experiences. It's all in there in believable true-life form. And....
Quite frankly, I am scratching my head and wondering why. What is the problem of getting, not only published, but noticed!!! in the visionary market? 'The Ghost Whisperer' and 'The Medium' are forefront on television. Psychic... intuitive... dream telepathy are of high interest? Reincarnation, oh my word, people are transfixed! But those novels are published as paranormal and fantasy, at least this is what I understand.
So, why are novels of vampires and timetravel and fantasy fairies the bestsellers and made into movies, but 'visionary' in purest genre is literally left at the website where it is found? Why when it is said, 'the most unbelievable in life is life itself?'
I am determined my novel will not be missed, and I have more to write. The messaged posted by Irving truly inspires me, the hours he spends to market a story he knows needs told... a story that was given to him to tell. And don't I know that as truth. As we all do.
Noting the positive, now Amazon has a category for Visionary. But is a 'listmania' on Amazon for visionary? or not? I couldn't tell from searches. But I will create one soon. There are many sites and new publishers listing visionary fiction on Google. All genres are expanding to include the psychic, intuitive, spirits that are not over-the-top expressive or aggressive.
Well, in either case, if interested in contacting me or knowing more about A Breath Floats By: An Illusion for the Soul, please feel free to write or visit.
Thanks for reading and responding!
Essa Adamms a.k.a. Thayne Hudson
I have been reading the forum posts and quite agree that, in the words of an editor at a major publishing house, "The relentless commercialism of publishing today means that many good novels are never published." Unfortunately, that included my book Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel, even though it has been translated and published in Russia and will later this year be translated and published in Indonesia, into Bahasa, the national language. You can view the book and read an excerpt at www.masterofthejinn.com.
That is doubly true for Visionary Fiction, which falls vaguely into the New Age category. I chose not to beat my head against the publishing wall and went to Booksurge, a POD, or Print-on-Demand, publisher that last year was bought by Amazon.com
Of course, I spend hours each day marketing my book; sending emails to lists of likely people I find online, joining forums and email groups, getting excerpts and reviews in online magazines, websites and blogs. So far, I have had some success in getting the word out, and have, in 18 months, sold close to 400 books, all online. And the last four months have been the best as word of mouth and excellent reviews spread the word.
If anyone wants to publish via a POD, I will be happy to give them my contact person at Booksurge. You are assured of getting on Amazon, but the rest is up to you.Peace and Many Blessings,
Dear Michael and fellow visionary writers and readers.
I was so pleased to find this website and forum, although I can't tell if this dialogue is current or years old. I am an editor, poet, fiction writer and the author of A Love Apart, a literary and visionary novel. For years I queried agents and traditional publishers, and my manuscript was requested in full by several agents. Although it received encouraging responses, in the end, it seemed to be the "expansive" nature of the story that brought up doubts about getting it placed with a traditional publisher.
Last spring (2005) I decided to self-publish through a POD publisher. For me it was the right choice, and I've since received wonderful feedback from readers, including profound letters expressing how meaningful it was to have found their way to my words. It is deeply gratifying. But I'm limited by the amount of time and funds I can allocate to properly promote and publicize a self-published book. So now I'm looking for representation and/or a mainstream publisher interested in picking up the book. Any ideas, referrals or advice welcome.
One thought about visionary fiction I'd like to put forth – I feel that, in order for visionary fiction to come into its own as a genre, we writers, in addition to offering stories that take readers on an expansive journey of mind and heart, must craft those stories very carefully. In order for us to gain a reputation as writers of visionary fiction, I think we have to also gain a reputation as good writers, and that is only done be paying attention to and honing our craft as much as possible.
Please visit my website to find out more about A Love Apart, editing services, or to download a media kit: www.rachellerogers.com
Also, is there more information about Gayatri Publishing in Moscow, Russia? There was no email or website posted, or date of post.
Author of A Love Apart
This year I was finalist in New Zealand's Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award, for writing in the mind, body and spirit area. I was over the moon! Whilst I did not win the Big Award I WAS one of two Merit Award winners.
Being a finalist had got my foot in the door with the two largest publishers in New Zealand. 'This is it,' I told myself. 'I'm there!'
However, both publishers have now rejected my novel, as it does not fit their publishing list. One of them personally phoned me to break the news. He said my work was well written, and he had tried to get their Australian office to commit, but they declined, and since he felt they could only achieve half the predicted sales they needed to go ahead, they rejected the work.
My work is good, they tell me that. But it doesn't fit their publishing lists.
Trying to get visionary fiction published is like smacking your head against a wall!
I just wanted to share my frustration with you, and also share the hope that visionary fiction will be more valued and more recognised very soon!
Robyn M Speed
Great to find your website, I'm sure this genre will soon become recognized. I have been having similar experiences to other writers. The last agent I tried loved my novel The Thirteenth Sense but said it was too ahead of its time for them to sell. A nice compliment but not what I really wanted to hear.
My book is a wondertale sourced in my own shamanic experiences, lucidly cinematic in style and tells the tale of 13 dreamers who meet up in lucid dreams and through working together with their collective consciousness catalyze a chain reaction of awakening dreams for humanity. I explore light, sound and sacred geometry through the tale in a way that is readable for 10 year olds up to 100 year olds. It really needs to be a film.
Any useful contacts would be helpful. email@example.com
Cheers to you, Pamela Camille
Thanks for your inspiring and informative web on visionary fiction. Per invitation on that site, we are informing you of our new visionary fiction novel. We believe you and your staff will thoroughly enjoy.
Jamayah - Adventures on the Path of Return, a spiritual quest adventure that is now available @AMAZON.COM.
Note that on September 3, we will be changing the official publication date to September 3, 2005.
My publisher and I were having a major problem trying to fit my novel into a genre. Then we stumbled across "visionary ficion" and realized we finally had a "fit"! Trouble is that our original "suspense" classification is written into all of our promotional materials up to this point. We're saying it like this right now:
The women in *The Song of an Emerald Dove* are fighting their own holy war as priestesses in their Wiccan religion — fighting in an army of eight on the side of their Goddess and world peace. Xanna Vinson uses no horrific beast from an astral plane to terrorize her heroine, nor is there an eccentric closeted Witch who solves local murders by working either with or in spite of the local police. The story of *The Song of an Emerald Dove* strikes a little closer to home — if your home is anywhere on this planet! And if you’ve been listening...
But we've just added a "visionary" element to the story description:
Xanna Vinson has composed a suspenseful visionary story that, at times, seems to draw from the headlines. Its heroine, New Jerseyan Yvonne Hampton begins receiving channeled messages that tell of an impending doomsday and instruct her to “gather the women.” For personal reasons she conceals the messages. Then one day she finds both the opportunity and the courage to share — and thus begins a long journey for a small group of women who will call themselves the “Priestesses of the Emerald Dove.” Together they continue the quest for information, guidance, and a
means of counteracting the foretold horror.
Ideally, those looking for "suspense' will find it, and those looking for stories that portray the triumph of the human spirit -- or preservation of the world as we know it -- and "visionary" fiction will find that, too. Either or both seekers might pick up the book for a look-see.
The author's website, too, makes use of the "catastrophe" and the "visionary" solution to draw in a female audience that could certainly identify with the women in this story. Take a look at www.xannavison.com and lend "her" your thoughts and suggestions.
This is a very, very promising genre! Thank you for the opportunity to chat about it.
Vi Huntley-Franck (www.wherearthmeetstheheart.com), who appears earlier in this forum, just wrote to say that she and Spiral Publishing could not come to terms on her book.
May 16, 2005
The Book: Lottie Winslow doesn’t remember the crash that orphaned her or that she foresaw the crash in a dream. Her memory never came back, but the dreams and visions did. When a chance meeting with a psychic reveals that she has a mission, Lottie must choose between her husband’s American dream formula for their lives and the undeniable force within her. Her determination to forge ahead, despite his opposition, sparks a chain of events that begins with a discovery in The House on Slocum Road—a discovery that jumpstarts her inevitable date with destiny.
Learn more at: www.dahrisclair.com
I, too, have had endless troubles finding a publisher - in the end I was taken on a by a small independent US publisher called Cosmos Books www.cosmos-books.com, an imprint of Wildside Press www.wildsidepress.com. They seem more open to 'alternative' and 'speculative' works than many I have approached.
Yet still the confusion over genre continued. I am listed on amazon as metaphysical, in other places as dark fantasy. Through it all I have felt a great frustration that my vision, and that of others, seems buried in the substrata of the literary world. Reading the messages on this forum has given me some hope that there is a growing realization of, and need for, this kind of fiction. I have always felt a deep passion to make my work stand for something, to help people, yet not to hide the truth, however fearful it may be. This need to show a greater sense of being than simply oneself, to build bridges between worlds, to make connections with all life, is something I believe our world is in ever greater need of. I can only hope that our world of visionary fiction can give back something of what is missing before it is too late.
I am so glad to have made contact with like-minded individuals. My best wishes to you all with your work.
Author of Night Seekers ~ a visionary novel (classified at last!)
This produces a, well of course response, since he also says that no one is publishing it except small presses. How can people read it if no one is publishing it? With a small press, due to budgetary constraints, it's hard for them to let the reading public know about their publications.
But there is hope, regardless. After years of rejections, four days ago I sent a visionary fiction package via email to a small press. This package included the first three chapter of each book in my visionary fiction trilogy. Three days later the publisher requested the complete manuscript for each work. I sent it out yesterday, 1-28-05.
Part of the problem is that the current administration thrust us into an enlightenment blackout, as fundamentalists often do. This fundamentalism is leading to violent clashes and despair worldwide and a publishing community that caters to same. The good news is that people tire of despair and eventually look for ways to rise above it. That's where visionary fiction comes in. Those of us writing it are ready to fill the void. Hold on and keep looking. It will happen. Vision is about to be come a reality.
Subject: FORUM Entry on The Atomic Bum... and other ideas.
From: Grandpa Peter KoyoteBare, Spirit Wind ProductionsLike others, we have tried over the years to find markets for what could be called visionary fiction, with limited success. However, since the majority of average Americans, especially women, now describe themselves as "spiritual, not religious," we think a whole new area of the market is opening to such works... even if the big-time publishers cannot yet see this.
We wrote and published The Atomic Bum intentionally as a humorous (satiric, metaphorical) work, intending, as we usually do, to break a few new trails... as it has... Using the author, Grandfather Peter KoyoteBare as bait (quite a character!), we've already managed to attract the interest one major television network, and are working on others. You can see further info and/or order copies of this work at www.theatomicbum.com
Right now, the book is only available on our website, or at events sponsored by us. Future marketing plans include releases through one or two major book distributors... And, as our funding increases, we aim to publish work by other authors in this genre and its nonfiction counterparts.
Since we're only in the startup phases of our publishing endeavors, we are not soliciting manuscripts, etc. However, we would sincerely like to hear from persons interested in this field, authors, agents, publishers, potential investors and other interested parties. If we can form the coalition of active souls that we envision, we will get the jump on the short-sighted larger publishing houses and tap into a vast world wide market that they hardly know to exist.
Interested persons can contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I happened upon your site while searching for visionary fiction links. My sister, Lynda, and I too have written a book in the visionary fiction genre, False Prophets, Tramps & Thieves. Ours is the humorous story of Anne Davis, who propelled by a spiritual dream and a conniving mother, leaves her midwestern roots for, what we call, the American version of the Himalayas; So. California. There she falls in with the metaphysical and new age crowd and quickly finds herself following world famous channeler Fran Baker. But Fran is not all she purports to be. It's Out on a Limb meets Lucy Ricardo in our fast-paced, fun-filled novel of adventure, romance and high meditation.
We also had difficulty defining our genre and finding representation. Our book deals with finding the inner truth and living a life based on spirit while keeping grounded in life's very real day-to-day struggles. The tone is light, our heroine is self-deprecating, our cast is zany and real at the same time. We'd like to present it as contemporary women's fiction / visionary fiction / spiritual adventure with the hopes of opening up our opportunities.
Thanks for the great forum and interesting feedback.
Author, False Prophets, Tramps & Thieves
Visionary fiction is a tough genre because it seems like there are no publishers who really are doing visionary fiction, so most of it seems to be self-published, or small press published (though many small presses aren't doing it any longer, either). In fact, it sometimes seems like there are more people writing visionary fiction than there are people reading it (depending on how you define the genre). However, I keep reminding my visionary-fiction-writing friends that it only takes one breakthrough visionary novel, and then every publisher will want to jump on board.
--Joel Fotinos, Publisher, Tarcher/Putnam
I found your forum by doing a Google search on my name, and read your postings. One of these was from someone who was asking about marketing Visionary Fiction, and whether an author should place it under another genre in order to reach a wider audience.
When I wrote "Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn", I knew from the outset that it was "Visionary Fiction". The cover art reflects this. Because of the sales patterns, however, the plan is to change the cover art for the next printing so it is more attractive to readers of historical fiction.
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I was thrilled to happen upon your website today. I have just completed a visionary fiction, the sequel to my first novel, The Song My Soul Remembers, which is endorsed by James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy. The Song is billed as a mainstream novel (available through all major booksellers, as well as De Vorss and New Leaf) and sets the stage for its visionary partner, The Circle of Twelve.
--Jo Williams (email@example.com)
I noticed on your web site that you're requesting visionary fiction titles. Here's one: "Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn" by Nell Gavin, published by Infinity Publishing, January 2002. It was a William Faulkner finalist for best novel.
The story begins at the moment of Anne Boleyn's execution and moves through her life review where she learns she has to face the nearly impossible task of forgiving Henry VIII for having her put to death. While she's reviewing her life as Anne, she's also shown the lives that preceded it, and learns the cause and effect of her actions in earlier livetimes. Then she moves into later lives and faces the karma she earned as "Anne".
The book is really great!
I wanted to let you know that Paraview has stopped representing fiction of any kind. Unfortunately, my fiction agent decided to pursue another career and I've decided to not hire a new agent to replace her. My editor in chief at Paraview Pocket has also decided to stop buying visionary fiction. He said that he could not get enough sales.
If things change, I will be sure to let you know. I know that there is a market out there, somewhere!
President - Paraview Literary Agency
From Michael Gurian: This email shows how complex things have gotten for publishers and agents. Somehow, visionary fiction writers are not writing fiction that generates enough reader interest--or that is how it seems right now. I invite forum readers to write in about what we should do. Lisa Hagan has suggested to me that while we keep pursuing the visionary fiction genre, we may have to not call our novels visionary fiction for right now, but just "fiction," or "novels" or fit them into another genre, like "fantasy," if they fit. Your thoughts?
Dear Visionary Fiction friends and fellow-authors, publishers and all those who share the idea!
I'm writing on behalf of Gayatri Publishing, launched in Moscow, Russia, a whole new project of a group of fellow-seekers and enthusiasts of publishing, and this is EXACTLY and LITERALLY what we are interested in and what we are going to publish EXCLUSIVELY!
We more than welcome the authors of this kind of literature to email us and give the contacts of their literary agents in order for us to get in touch with and make it possible to translate and publish it in Russia. We are more than eager to find, support and promote authors writing in this genre. Moreover - we find it as our dharma and our debt to this life.
Dearest Mr. Gurian! all the appreciation and reverence for your capacity to shape up the message of visionary fiction for the world !
Looking forward for all ways of cooperation and the development of visionary fiction
-- Shashi Martynova - Editor/methodologist
I discovered your visionary literature website and posted a link to it to Visionary_Arts@yahoogroups.com. The mission of Visionary Arts is to explore this genre of human expression in all of its forms, as well as share our personal bodies of work, in whatever media that may be. Please alert visionary artists to join us.
-- Julie Reichert-Marton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Until I read your website article, Visionary Fiction, I didn't completely comprehend the genre of fiction I wrote in. Thank you so much for clarifying. The premise of my novel, Odor from Dreamland Sent, is that we all come into this world with a mission and have made promises to one another. Native American and religious philosophy underlines the story but does not get in the way of everyday people in the Midwest spiritually awakening in our era.
I did not know what genre this book fit in, but knew it was not a supernatural thriller, or science fiction, or fantasy, being at most a light paranormal / romantic drama, comparable to Dragonfly with Kevin Kostner by Spyglass Entertainment, though much more personal and a love story second.
And then you clarified and now I have one word. One genre. Visionary fiction.
So, please tell me, if you will -- What does one do with a women's mainstream visionary fiction project? I have several queries out there, and so far have received encouraging personal responses from Bear and Company Publishing (though they do not publish fiction) and from a few agents at large literary agencies who wanted to sign the work but found their request declined by the admissions board.
All I have ever wanted to do is write stories such as these. I am relieved to know I was born in an era that will receive them. But how do I go about getting my visionary novel read by someone who can get it published?
--Diane Susann Adams, Author of ODOR FROM DREAMLAND SENT
From Michael Gurian: The Forum has been increasingly receiving queries like Diane's. Unfortunately, right now (2003), the New York publishing industry is under great stress, and not accepting titles that are "high risk." Visionary Fiction is still considered high risk. Therefore, while we keep working with major houses, we must also consider finding smaller presses for this fiction. Does any reader of this Forum know of small or independent presses who want to publish Visionary Fiction? If so, you please write us and we'll promulgate the contact information. Thanks.
Then "Visionary Fiction" and the title of your novel "The Miracle" appeared on my screen, I knew instantly the Universe was delivering a message. Contact Michael.... the worst case, I would introduce myself to a fellow writer of a new and exciting genre, and best case you could point me in the right direction.
I live in Sydney Australia and have attempted to find an Agent and/or Publisher here and six selected publishers in USA, however I have hit a brick wall. Most have come back to say they do not work in this genre.
Do you have any advice?
-- Lynnette Whitfield, Author, Sydney
From Michael Gurian: If you are reading this forum and know of publishers, agents, or authors in Australia who are interested in Visionary Fiction, would you please email us through this Forum? We will get the information to contacts, like Lynnette, in Australia. Many people are writing good visionary fiction but need help getting it in the hands of the right publishers. Thank you! Also, it would be great to hear what is going on throughout the world regarding this genre. Does anyone have a list of publishers in Australia or England who specialize in Visionary Fiction?
Thank you for your very wise book THE SOUL OF THE CHILD. I would love to
contact people in Sydney, Australia who are also interested in your works.
-- Alan Googan
From Michael Gurian: THE SOUL OF THE CHILD and THE MIRACLE are somewhat mirror-image books, one working with Light in nonfiction, the other in fiction. For Australian readers who would like to contact Alan, please email through this website.
Dear Michael Gurian,
I finished reading The Miracle this morning about 3:30 AM. I was surprised to see your characters noticing the same connected interplay between nature, events, objects, and human actions that I've begun to notice myself to greater and greater degrees over the past few years. But, the fact that you found a way to bring the subject up – in polite conversation, so to speak – and talk openly of things that seem (to me) to be obvious and important but, under normal circumstances not something one points out to family and friends, is startlingly refreshing – even in the guise of fiction.
In my particular middle class world, beneath the planning for future survival (retirement and such) and beyond the discouragement of spiritual quests turned ho-hum for lack of apparent applicability (or serious efforts to actually apply it), I see boredom. In almost every social setting, at some point, the same unrequited scream begins to build: Hey! Can’t we talk of something real? Life is happening now and it looks really different than it looked before. It’s strange and interesting and big. Ordinary circumstances aren't so ordinary as we’re pretending.
But, I hold my tongue, because it seems the people around me are not quite bored enough yet, to leap to a new perspective – even though there are hints that each has – to one degree or another - noticed that there is more here than has previously met the average eye.
So why am I telling you this? Mostly to say thanks. I enjoyed your book. It’s a fun and interesting read, but more than that, it makes me feel like someone, somewhere is actually paying attention and accepts as natural this growth-spurt we’re experiencing. Not that there aren't plenty of would-be saints and sages talking about similar things in books and on the Internet (and bless them for that, at least), but most still see it as an esoteric adventure – reserved only for deliberate seekers. But, you've dared to tap our shoulders and imply that perhaps, if we would just look around, we'd see on our very streets what masters-of-old were privy to in inspired dreams.
--Carolyn Mears, Reader
"The Gemstone series by Eboni Snoe would be considered visionary fiction. The titles included in this series are "A Passion Ruby" (2000), "Emerald's Fire" (2001) and "A Diamond's Allure" (2003)."
--Naimah Muhammed, Reader
In this era when our culture is so heavily defined by mass media and television, it’s refreshing and rewarding to see fiction being talked about (and thought about) in completely new ways. Visionary fiction is an exciting concept with enormous potential to help us achieve the reunification of science and the spiritual through our written work. I look forward to seeing what fascinating novels the genre will produce in the years to come.
Elsa Hurley, Freelance Editor
Elsa Hurley Editorial
"Visionary Fiction is to fiction what Varieties of Religious Experience is to philosophy. The idea that the human mind can see more, feel more, understand more than the mundane world of buying and selling is as old as Gilgamesh, perhaps as old as the Lascaux caves and the sorcerer with the glowing eyes and the horns of power. For the last four hundred years, however, for the purposes of clarity and certitude, we have narrowed our vision to the point where we hardly believe that people can see anything at all. As Houston Smith said, we have developed tunnel vision. like looking through a straw at a sea of galaxies. That period is passing, however. Starting with a line of startling discoveries in physics, we have begun to move beyond a strictly mechanical world, to something more. We have been rediscovering our heritage, our human heritage. One day, the same human mind that once ran with the buffalo will fly to other planets, and the two, ancient and future, worlds will become one. This had to hit fiction sooner or later. It begins, today, here. We should take notice."--James Connor, Ph.D. Author of Silent Fire
The end of the nineteenth century saw the emergence of a new genre, Science Fiction, whose pioneers were authors such as Verne, Wells and Stevenson ('Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'). It has taken more than a century since for its counterpart, Visionary Fiction, to find its feet. This is not surprising, given that most people tend to regard science and spirituality (or religion) as two different, often conflicting fields.
For my part, I have always regarded them as the same thing, down to the methods they employ. It is my belief that the concepts common to all religion--Good and Evil, faith, and God, follow logically from natural laws, just like the number system, the concepts of matter and energy, space and time.
Nonfiction writers seem to have caught on, as evidenced by the popularity of books such as 'The Dancing Wu Li Masters,' 'The Tao of Physics' and even 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.' So what's keeping fiction writers from doing the same?
This is what I would like Visionary Fiction to do--to reflect the unity of science and the spirit; to achieve a secular, scientific reappraisal of religion, with as little emphasis on miracles and the supernatural as possible, but pay attention to that one true miracle, the miracle of life itself.
--Sudarshan, a fledgling writer
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