“Visionary Fiction” Now Officially on Wikipedia

Exciting news for all Visionary Fiction authors, readers and lurkers:

As of August 2014 a entry entitled “Visionary fiction” has been published on Wikipedia at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visionary_fiction

Wikipedia LogoThis feat of sweat and scholarship was engineered by VFA member and author Victor E. Smith and reviewed, edited and critiqued by VFA steering committee members Jodine Turner, Margaret Duarte, Eleni Papanou and Sandy Nathan. The fundamental concepts are drawn from the writing of VF pioneers Carl Jung, Flo Keyes, Edward J. Ahearn, Monty Joynes and Hal Zina Bennett, among others, as then discussed, massaged, and rephrased on this site since its inception and on sister sites like Fiction for a New Age, many of which are cited and linked within the article.

Our intense cogitation over the past couple of years, right down to the shortest comment, led happily to a reasonable consensus on the definition and characteristics of Visionary Fiction. With the results of this arduous process now condensed on Wikipedia, the VF community finally has a worldwide portal through which to communicate who we are, what and why we write, and how to find us and our work. And since Wikipedia allows anyone to add to or comment on its published material, we can be sure that the description of our genre will evolve and remain up-to-date as we expand into our future, certain to be dynamic.

Visionary Fiction author Monty Joynes, recently featured in a post on this site, wrote this to the author after reading the Wiki entry: “Great and important job… Even the literary academics will appreciate what you have done.  I feel that your work provides a kind of ‘breakthrough’ for the understanding of our collective literature… the recognition has been a long time coming.  Thanks to you, my books and others will find new readers.”

VF WIki PageFor further enticement to visit the page, here are the major headings for material covered in the article:

  • Definitions
  • Characteristics of Visionary Fiction
  •  Distinguishing Visionary Fiction from other Genres
  • VF Publishing and Marketing
  • Scholarship
  •  Awards and Community

Reaching this milestone has truly been a cooperative effort, and using this entry now to full effect remains a group activity. Tweet, Tumblr, Facebook, reblog this post the link to the article at every opportunity. When someone asks, “What is Visionary fiction?” give them the quickie, then tell them to look it up on Wikipedia. Explaining our genre has just gotten a lot simpler. Get the word out to readers, writers, publishers, agents–oh, heck, to anyone on this planet who wants a shot of growth in consciousness.

VF Academy Awards

Think Big! Coming Soon!

PS as a Wikipedia author/editor: I found the mechanics and protocols of Wikipedia’s editing system daunting at first, even though I consider myself quite tech-savvy. My first submission was turned down quite peremptorily, largely because of a novice mistake in citing references. If you want to add or edit the article–and all are encouraged to do so–take the time to look up Wikipedia’s guidelines for contributing and formatting before jumping in too deep. Had I followed this advice, the announcement might have come a couple months ago–sigh!

 

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About Victor Smith

Victor E. Smith, a lifelong generalist with a diverse resume, sees himself as a scribe of the realm “in-between.” Writing largely visionary and historical fiction, he seeks to observe, absorb, and express those close encounters between the spiritual and material universes that form the unique adventure called human life. Vic is the author of The Anathemas: A Novel of Reincarnation and Restitution (2010) and Channel of the Grail (May 2016). He is a core team member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance. For further information, visit his website, victoresmith.com.
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22 Responses to “Visionary Fiction” Now Officially on Wikipedia

  1. esdragon2 says:

    Congratulation Victor. All Hail VisFic.

    Esme

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  2. Excellent! I like the idea of the Visionary Fiction Awards.

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  3. Such a thorough, professional, well researched and well rounded article on Wikipedia. Well done, Vic. We've arrived! Well, when we have those VF awards, we'll have arrived!

    ~Jodine Turner

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  4. It's such a relief to finally be able to send people to Wikipedia for a complete answer when they ask, "What is Visionary Fiction?"

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  5. Admin - Eleni says:

    A very well done article, Vic. Thanks so much for your hard work. Hooray for VF!

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  7. libredux says:

    Wow, this is brilliant! Well done Vic, Jodine, Margaret, Eleni and Sandy – you've done an amazing job.

    Reblogged this at the Libredux blog

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    • Admin - Eleni says:

      And Vic did an impressive job putting it all together. Can't imagine the hours he spent doing it. Well, maybe I can after all the academic writing I've been doing for school!

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  8. Doesn't look like my previous post went through but bravos about Wikipedia. That's a big step. Thanks also for my mention there. I'm flattered. And the architectural rendering for the next VFA conference looks great, too.

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  9. Admin - Eleni says:

    You just may, Margaret.

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  11. candidmentor says:

    For writers locked into the scientific method of rationalism, Vic’s work removes the fear of visionary flight and encourages a new generation of artists to write free of stereotypes.

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  12. drstephenw says:

    I just read your article, Vic, having jumped right to the Wiki article at first. A wonderful framing of this important moment for the VF genre concept. I will link this and the Wiki article on my website.

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  13. jochandler says:

    Congratulations Margaret Duarte and all visionary fiction authors. Great listing on Wikipedia!! Simply fabulous.

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