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What Is Visionary Fiction?

Visionary Fiction embraces spiritual and esoteric wisdom, often from ancient sources, and makes it relevant for our modern life. Gems of this spiritual wisdom are brought forth in story form so that readers can experience the wisdom from within themselves. Visionary fiction emphasizes the future and envisions humanity’s transition into evolved consciousness. While there is a strong theme, it in no way proselytizes or preaches.

Visionary is a tone as well as a genre. The ‘visionary’ element can technically be present in any genre and set in any time.

Characteristic Features of  Visionary Fiction:

  • Growth of consciousness is the central theme of the story and drives the protagonist, and/or other important characters.
  • The story oftentimes uses reincarnation, dreams, visions, paranormal events, psychic abilities, and other metaphysical plot devices.
  • The plot [or story] is universal in its worldview and scope.

So in short, the emphasis is on our limitless human potential, where transformation and evolution are entirely possible.

“Visionary Fiction speaks the language of the soul. It offers a vision of humanity as we dream it could be.”   ~ Jodine Turner


If you are a writer whose fiction fits the above definition, or you are a reviewer or publisher or even reader of VF, then perhaps you would like to join us.

47 comments on “What Is Visionary Fiction?

  1. esdragon2llis
    August 2, 2012

    I too write Visionary Fiction; I’m all for it! How do I join you?

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    • vfalliance
      August 2, 2012

      Hi and welcome! I was going to ask you to fill in the ‘join us’ form, but apparently Eleni (admin) has already had a message from you. :) – Best, Saleena

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  2. esdragon2llis
    August 3, 2012

    Thank you Saleena. I know we’ve met before. You posted a comment on my guest blog at http://booksbywomen.org/initiation-into-authorship-calamity-to-creation-by-esme-ellis/#comments

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    • vfalliance
      August 4, 2012

      Yes, that’s right. :) Glad to have you aboard. If someone from the team hasn’t emailed you already, I’ll do so soon.

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  3. esdragon2llis
    August 4, 2012

    Eleni sent me a VFA badge or banner to post ‘on my site’. If she meant my Blog; ( http://esmeellid.blogspot.com ) where my latest post is an article on Visionary Fiction, I tried to post it there but could only get the URL link to appear. I think I was mean to post the banner, but I can’t work out how to do it. Tried several times. The other query is, surely the banner need to be posted somewhere it can appear permanently and not need to be posted every time I write a new post. Can anyone help me with this, please?

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  4. esdragon2llis
    August 4, 2012

    Thanks Saleena, I’ll try that.

    Sorry I mis-spelled my link, which should have been, http://esmeellis.blogspot.com By sidebar, do you mean where ‘My Profile’ now is. on the R.H. side of the blog articles? The Profile, of course, doesn’t change when the blogs change!

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    • vfalliance
      August 4, 2012

      Thanks. Yes I do mean the right hand side of your page, say beneath where it says ‘about me’ and shows your brief profile. If the link I sent you doesn’t help with that, I’ll ask one of our other members to help. unfortunately, I’m only really familiar with WordPress. :)

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  5. esdragon2llis
    August 4, 2012

    Thanks again. Ive just been on my blog and found most of what I need on my Layout and add html javascript. But will wait til someone who knows what they’re doing better than me, to come and help. I don’t want to muck things up and not be able to change them back!!! It may take a day or two.

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    • vfalliance
      August 5, 2012

      Hope it works out. Any problems, please let me know. One of our founding members has just sent across her own instructions for Blogger. I’ll put them up here for you, if you need them.

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  6. esdragon2llis
    August 5, 2012

    The instructions for Blogger worked OK, thanks, but there was a problem.

    I entered in the html link which Eleni gave me – the one which I thought carried the VFA banner that she asked me to post on my site, but all that came up — and I did it correctly — was a tiny (?) in a blue box by my ‘About ‘ profile on the R H side. When I clicked it, (the ?) it took me to this site. The one I’m writing on now! No banner image appeared. Does this mean Eleni gave me the wrong link, or was the ? all that was mean to appear? If so, I don’t think anyone would understand what it was for, and wouldn’t bother clicking it.

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  7. esdragon2llis
    August 5, 2012

    PS this was the link Eleni gave me.

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  8. elenistoryteller
    August 5, 2012

    Hi Esme. The link is correct. I’ve forwarded you instructions on how to put it up on Blogger. One of the members sent in the instructions yesterday. Good luck!

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  9. elenistoryteller
    August 5, 2012

    Oh, I see you’ve been given the instructions already. I’m not sure what the problem is as I checked the link, and it works fine. Can you send over the code your using to my email?

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  10. NadineMay
    August 11, 2012

    I could not have said it any better that you have done! Thank you!

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    • elenistoryteller
      August 11, 2012

      Thanks for the comment, and for stopping by.

      Love and light,
      Eleni

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  12. Peggy Holloway
    September 10, 2012

    Hi, This is so excting for me. My attempt at writing a science fiction/fantasy, 3037 was hated by both the science fiction and fantasy fans. It ws loved by the metaphysical fans. Then I wrote the sequel, TIME AND TIME AGAIN and had the same reaction. It left me wondering if I had both books in the wrong category, but I didn’t know where else to put them.

    After reading your characteristics features of visionary fiction, I think I have finally found a place for these two books. These book involved both time travel and reincarnation, which turn out to be one and the same. After an ordinary housewife living in the 1950s dies and reincarnates in 3037,she finds that she has to re-examine her whole belief system. As both books progress, she finds it necessary to constantly question her beliefs.

    If you would lik to read these then let me know and i will get you copies.

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    • Admin - Eleni
      September 10, 2012

      Hi Peggy. Sounds to me like you found a new home for your books. So many science fiction stories seem to naturally fit into this genre. Please be sure to join us if you would like your name added to our database.

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  13. Peggy Hollowa
    September 10, 2012

    Thank you so much!

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  15. Steven Atwood
    December 3, 2012

    I am wondering if my current project is visionary fiction or just dark fantasy. I think it may be visionary because there is a life after death sequence, two of the main characters are supernatural based on angelic lore, and the nun can interact with both worlds. It is essentially Christian based. If anyone can answer this question, I would be greatly appreciative.

    The story encompasses the war between heaven and hell where Earth is the battleground. On one side, you have an Angel who reports to Michael, a nun who can see both the invisible and visible worlds, and a alcoholic cop. Basically, they are trying to stop the demons from assembling a weapon that could start the war all over again.

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    • Admin - Eleni
      December 3, 2012

      Hi Steven and welcome to the VFA. I can’t answer your question as I haven’t read your book, but you can accurately assess it for yourself with these questions:

      Does it deal with humanity’s transition to a evolved consciousness?
      Are you trying to reveal a Christian message, or are you using it to lead to a larger truth?

      Visionary fiction doesn’t favor or promote one religion over the other. The evolution of humanity’s consciousness as a whole of its parts is its most important feature. I hope I helped. Good luck with your book.

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  16. PJ Swanwick
    December 27, 2012

    How do I follow this blog? And do you have aTwitter stream?

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    • Admin - Eleni
      December 27, 2012

      There’s an RSS link on the right side bar. I just put it up. You can find it on any of the blog pages. Have a wonderful week.

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  17. PJ Swanwick
    December 27, 2012

    Doh! Thanks.

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  21. Karen R. Thorne
    February 15, 2013

    Thanks, Jodine, for inviting me here! This looks like what I’ve been searching for: more Visionary authors who’re writing novels with spiritual (not religious) themes. I *love* the definition of Visionary Fiction….it absolutely sums up my writing to a “T”! I look forward to great interactions here, and learning a lot.

    Anyone’s who’s interested, stop by my website and check out the excerpts of my currently published titles–three full chapters to whet your appetite. http://www.agoldenquill.com

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  22. Deborah S
    March 23, 2013

    This is a new and exciting genre that I have really been getting into lately! Thank you for clarifying some of the key characteristics of this genre. It has actually been quite difficult looking for recommendations online for popular visionary fiction novels so I was happy to find your website. I want to share a fantastic visionary fiction book I recently read by author Jay Allan Luboff entitled, “Harry Pond Looks Homeward: The Spiritual Adventures of an Ohio Farm Boy” (http://harrypondadventures.com/). I found this book to be entertaining and fascinating. It explains the idea of “light realms,” past lives, and our shared road towards spiritual growth. The book follows Harry Pond, a Vietnam Vet returning home for the first time in three years. It’s a battle between good and evil as Harry and his sister Becky try to save the farm from those who want the land for all the wrong reasons. They take on this mission with help from guardian angels, ascended masters, and show the reader that good always prevails I am always on the hunt for books that can transport me to another world for awhile!

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    • Admin - Eleni
      April 5, 2013

      Thanks for the book recommendation and thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you found our site useful.

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  23. Admin - Saleena
    April 20, 2013

    Hi Victor, and welcome. I’d suggest just putting in the link addresses directly by replying again.

    What you have described of your work does sound like VF, btw. Probably the basic defining feature is less about its paranormal elements (even though they are nearly always there in VF) but this: Is either human ‘destiny’ or human potential a central question? This of course is only a reiteration of what others have already said – and whom you have quoted!

    By all means, yes, feel free to re-route your readers here. Your own site can (should!) be included in our VFA database as well, of course.

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  24. Good info. Lucky me I recently found your blog by chance (stumbleupon).
    I have book-marked it for later!

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    April 23, 2013

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  26. Victor Smith
    April 24, 2013

    Hello, Visionary Fiction Alliance—
    I am a new member, led here by the Visionary Fiction group on Goodreads. I would like to introduce myself through my history with the “visionary” genre. It started about ten years ago when I began the rounds of agents with an earlier version of my novel, The Anathemas: A Novel of Reincarnation and Restitution (eventually published by Outskirts Press in 2010). This novel, like many I’ve seen mentioned on these VFA pages, is a hybrid, which did not fit easily into the established genres, quite a problem to agents and publishers I discovered. And so the search for the appropriate “slot” to suit the marketers began. This was before self-publishing was the viable option it is now.

    Since Karen Rider summarizes the genre conundrum so well the opening paragraphs of her article “Setting the Stage: Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction,” I’ll simply link to it here with hearty endorsement. Back in the early 2000’s, my genre search eventually led, after many detours, to Michael Gurian, better known as a social philosopher and author on child development, and his fledgling website visionaryfiction.org. (If you click this link, which I do recommend, you will discover a primitive site with ideas remarkably parallel to those here.) Excited to have found a genre, however obscure, that described my writing, present and intended (“Visionary fiction is fiction in which the expansion of the human mind drives the plot,” is the opening line on Michael’s site), I jumped in, only to discover through conversations with Michael that his professional work had crowded out his experimentation with visionary fiction; still, his sole published work in the genre, The Miracle: A Visionary Novel (2003) is worth the read for VF authors and fans.

    I indulge in all this background material, primarily, to acknowledge Michael Gurian as the first, to my knowledge, to attempt to popularize the term “visionary fiction” to identify us writers without a genre and to posit its use as a solution to our marketing position problem. Also, to express my profound relief in finding this pod of like-minded authors already assembled as the Visionary Fiction Alliance. After Michael bowed out, I made several efforts to keep the “visionary” light burning: through a now-defunct Yahoo discussion group, a What is Visionary Literature? Page and blog entries on my website, and keeping in touch with authors and readers I had contacted over the years. Suffice to say that so far I have tossed some snowballs, but none have set off the anticipated avalanche that the “visionary” genre rightly deserves. If, as Jodine Turner says above, “Visionary Fiction speaks the language of the soul. It offers a vision of humanity as we dream it could be,” then VF—well written, of course—should be included in everyone’s reading list.

    Coming in here, the grizzled veteran of battles seemingly lost, I feel like the fool rushing in where only angels should be allowed to tread (apologies to Pope for the misquote). However, I come with plenty of enthusiasm for the vision of what visionary literature can mature to be. As this site seems well established with an impressive staff of admins and editors, with your permission I will begin to reroute my current VF “followers” here rather than continue to maintain a parallel effort on my website. After absorbing the excellent material already posted here, I look to be able to contribute significantly to the further development of the theory, practice, and marketing of visionary fiction.

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  27. PJ Swanwick
    April 24, 2013

    Welcome, Victor! It’s great to have a “grizzled veteran” of the Visionary Struggles on the team – I’m sure your experience will contribute a great deal.

    I review visionary/metaphysical/spiritual fiction at Fiction For A New Age. Feel free to pop over and check it out if you’d like to submit a review copy.

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    • Victor Smith
      April 25, 2013

      Thanks, PJ–
      Checked out your site–nice, needed–added my two cents to the “We need to promote Spiritual Fiction as a genre” thread, and submitted a query to you for a review. Great to see action on the Visionary Fiction front from several websites. I’m in to help pull in whatever way I can.

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  28. Admin - Eleni
    April 24, 2013

    Hi Victor. Welcome to the VFA. I’ve gone to that site you mention, which is how I initially discovered the genre. And when I found the VF group on Goodreads, it all fit together perfectly. I mostly write science fiction but with spiritual themes like Star Trek and Babylon 5. Most sci-fi in the categories at bookstores don’t fit that mold so finding VF was indeed fortuitous.

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  29. Esme Ellis
    April 25, 2013

    Just an aside.( I have been absent from your discussions for a long time due to illness.) I published my first book of fiction, Clea and the Fifth Dimension, in 2003, and met a friend who asked about it. He had an ‘esoteric’ materials and bookshop in Bath at the time, called Arcania, He took my book and told me in came in the Visionary Fiction category. Until then I had never heard of it. By the time my second book of fiction, (This Strange and Precious Thing) was published in 2008, I had it categorised myself as V F. However, my latest book, Dreaming Worlds Awake, I think comes under V Lit. as it isn’t strictly fiction, yet fits with the main spiritual aims.

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  30. Natalia Erehnah
    June 6, 2013

    Excited to see this. Never heard of visionary fiction, but it seems to fit the novels I’m writing. Looking forward to learning more.

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    • Admin - Eleni
      June 7, 2013

      Welcome to the site, and good luck with your writing.

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