Giveaway – Sryd of Werth

Sryd of Werth, the third book in the Cosmic Library Series, a popular series of adventurous, romantic and metaphysical novels in the Young Adult Fantasy genre by Mirti Venyon Reiyas, will be available for free download on Amazon Kindle from Saturday 1st September to Monday 3rd September 2012.

When the blue-haired Rhaeadr-ambyth, one of the last remaining hominidial manta ray beings on the planet Werth in the Wavy Domain, cannot find anyone to go to the college dance with her, her long-standing desire to meet someone similar to her intensifies. Little does she know that the fulfilment of her wish to meet a humeray boy, is but the beginning of an exhilarating and empowering mission of self-realisation. Not just a singular mission, but a co-operative effort by her incarnations and higher selves that she never knew existed. Can she fulfil her life’s purpose and become the Sryd of Werth? Can she change the planet’s increasing industrial and consumerist future? With a special touch of romance, prepare for the ultimate swim … As with the other books in the Cosmic Library Series, the Sryd of Werth contains elements of New Age, environmentalist and New Thought philosophy, combined with an adventurous quest into the secrets of the Cosmos.

Click here to pick up a copy.

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Giveaway – Mayan Interface

Mayan Interface has recently won the silver medal in the Adventure Fiction category of the Living Now Book Awards, and you have a chance to win a pre-release copy!

Mayan Interface will be released September 1. It  is presently being offered in two pre-publication giveaways at Goodreads and Library Thing (scroll down or search the title on that page).

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Visionary: Fiction of the Future – Saleena Karim

(Note: This is a  slightly edited version of a blog post originally written for the VF web-ring under the title, The Place of Visionary Fiction in Today’s World and published March 2012)

Saleena Karim

According to one online dictionary, the meanings of the word ‘visionary’ include something characterised by foresight; fantasy and imagination; prophecy or revelation; and idealism.

Ancient roots

True to its name, visionary fiction contains all of these elements as well. Although the genre of visionary fiction is relatively new, it actually has its roots in ancient mythology, and in the parables and legends we find in religious scripture across the world. It openly harks back to the original function of ‘story’ itself, to ask questions about human potential: What we are, where we are going, and what we would like to become. So in a way, visionary fiction isn’t new at all. But we might ask why this ‘new’ type of novel has appeared just as we have crossed into the new millennium.

It’s a mad world

The future is undoubtedly both exciting and uncertain. It’s exciting because of the pace of technology; faster communications such as the internet and mobile devices and TV; the leaps in our understanding of the physical universe; our advances in medicine, genetics and much more. Yet it’s also uncertain, because it seems to lack direction. Many of us fear that our combined knowledge is not being put to the best possible use; we remain painfully irresponsible when it comes to the environment; the vast majority of scientific research is funded by, and carried out for, the military; and we still can’t seem to … Continue reading

Visionary Fiction: Its Relevance in Today’s World – Jodine Turner

Jodine Turner

Visionary Fiction speaks the language of the soul.It contains all the elements of modern storytelling yet there is a deeper layer, an archetypal level. This level invites a reader to personally undergo the mystical inner initiations that the book’s character experiences. Visionary Fiction not only entertains, it embeds esoteric wisdom and paranormal experiences in story. It is an ancient art of storytelling – but a fairly new genre in the publishing world.

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Often relegated to the genre of Fantasy, Paranormal, Metaphysical, or Spirituality, Visionary Fiction contains elements of all four. But the story line is more concerned with how the character’s internal experiences of paranormal events – such as visions, dreams, psychic phenomena, past life remembrances, or forays into uncharted planes of existence – are the unique catalysts for transformation. These types of non-linear occurrences run parallel to our everyday conditioned reality. Visionary Fiction allows the reader to glimpse a doorway into these alternate realities.

Our Current Reality

We live in a world that operates under an imbalanced masculine-principle way of thinking. I am referring to the unhealthy attitude that produces greed, war, violence, domination, authority outside ourselves, and rational/linear thought to the exclusion of intuition and feelings. In general, society demeans the feminine principle of nurturance, receptivity, cooperation, emotions, our ‘sixth sense’ and intuition. I am not talking about gender when I speak about the masculine and feminine principles, but, rather, about ways of being and behaving. Both principles can act healthy or unhealthy; helpful or … Continue reading

Relevance of Visionary Fiction in Today’s World – Sandy Nathan

Sandy Nathan

Before talking about the relevance of visionary fiction in today’s world, we need a working definition of the term. Fiction is easy: it’s writing that’s made up. It doesn’t refer to the real or empirical world.  It’s imaginary. I think of writing fiction as the best way to tell the truth without getting sued. That’ why I started writing it.

Visionary Fiction Requires  a Vision

Visionary is a little more difficult to define. It requires a vision, which runs the gamut from things like a corporation’s vision statement, to physical vision produced by the eyes, to the earth-shaking religious experiences had by some, in which new spiritual realities and ways of being are revealed.

Vision can be social, artistic, political, technological, religious or a zillion other things. Visionaries such as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak transformed our society with their forward thinking ideas about technology. Visionaries such as Jesus and the Buddha showed us states of being and gave us teachings to help attain them.

Visionary fiction is fiction that expresses the core of any of these areas verbally––it’s a very broad genre, which is sometimes not taken into account. Visionary fiction is sometimes associated with an unnecessarily “woo-woo” or ungrounded spiritual character. I.e., the writer has a worldview––that things will get better and better if we act and think and behave a certain way. He or she jams that worldview into a story that proves it correct. Some readers love that sort of thing. It leaves me cold.

Being branded a writer of visionary fiction can be dangerous. “Being labeled ‘visionary fiction’ and shelved in that area of the bookstore is the death knell of any title.” I read that in a trade magazine.

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Visionary Fiction Challenges Our Species to Evolve – Michael Sussman

Michael Sussman

Human nature is not fixed. It has evolved over the course of millennia and is capable of further change. Is it overly grandiose to suggest that visionary fiction could help play a role in such a transformation?

Most likely, but I shall nevertheless make the case.

Visionary fiction overlaps with several better established genres, such as science fiction, fantasy, speculative, and inspirational fiction. What’s unique about visionary fiction is its focus on the expansion and evolution of the human mind, imagining new frontiers for the human spirit.

What’s the importance of visionary fiction in today’s world?

There is no denying that we live in an era of unprecedented change and extraordinary uncertainty about the future. It’s the Age of Crises. Population explosion, pollution, natural disasters, climate change, economic recession, scarcity of resources, terrorism, and ethnic wars all threaten to disrupt or end civilization as we know it.

Perhaps science and technology can help solve some of these dilemmas. But even the most astonishing technological breakthroughs will not save us if they are not accompanied by a transformation in how we think, act, and relate to each other.

Just as science fiction provided the inspiration for many technological advances, it’s conceivable that visionary fiction could help provide the inspiration for a new awakening of the human spirit.

For it is now evident that it’s the shortsighted, self-centered, greedy, and xenophobic aspects of human nature that have created our predicament. Only by evolving into a wiser, more generous, compassionate, and cooperative species can we hope to survive.

My novel, Crashing Eden, envisions a world in which humans are transformed by regaining the capacity to hear the primordial vibration of the universe, reestablishing Edenic consciousness. This may be pure fantasy, … Continue reading

Launch Giveaway – Win 7 VF Novels!

Ebook competition – 7 titles to be won

This competition is now closed. Winner is Kevin Thomas.

To celebrate the launch of the VFA, we’re offering a chance to win seven VF titles from our founding members. That’s right: One lucky winner will receive seven VF novels! (Actually, it’ll be nine novels, as one author is giving away 3 parts of a series). Ebook formats vary, but most are either Kindle, epub (Nook, Palm, iPad, etc.) or PDF.

To enter, fill in the form below. Deadline for entries: 30 August 2012. Winners will be notified by email and on this site.

Novels to be won:

1 )SANDY NATHAN (Kindle)

Complete saga: Tales from Earth’s End:

– The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy

– Lady Grace

Sam & Emily

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2) JODINE TURNER (PDF)

Book One of the Carry on the Flame series:

Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call

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3) SALEENA KARIM (Kindle, epub, PDF)

Systems – A Novel

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4) D. E. LAMONT (Kindle, epub, PDF)

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Blog Blessings

The Founding Members of the Visionary Fiction Alliance invite you to join us in our blessings, our intentions, and our prayers for this site. You may envision us breaking a bottle of champagne over a ship’s hull. Or perhaps you see us cutting a shining golden ribbon with over-sized scissors. You might even imagine us sitting around a crackling fire or holding a brightly lit candle, toasting to our success. Whatever you imagination conjures up, pull up a seat and join us in our celebration.

We invite you to witness our blog blessings, virtually spoken below, as they ride the silver rays of today’s new moon; a perfectly timed day to launch the Visionary Fiction Alliance.

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VFA Founding Member Blessings:

 

May the VFA

Inspire today

And foreshadow

A better tomorrow

~ Michael Sussman

With all my heart, I send out love, light, and inspiration to the Visionary Fiction Alliance, its founders, and future members. May we successfully transmit our positive messages with our stories, support each other’s efforts, and strive for the very traits that our characters evolve into. Here’s to a beautiful beginning on a most auspicious day. 

~ Eleni Papanou

May deep and lasting connections be forged,

Between like-minded souls who roam this site,

Together we are strong and bold

As we all head towards the light.

~  Michelle Gordon

Dear beneficent universe, recognize in us our desire to serve you and all … Continue reading