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“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!

 

About Victor E. Smith

Victor E. Smith (Vic) sees himself as a natural scribe. While destiny offers him life experiences that matter, personal temperament requires him to observe, absorb, and address such encounters with words that seek to resonate to that deeper goodness, beauty, and truth underpinning the human journey. A lifelong student of mankind’s spiritual evolution, Vic focuses on paranormal phenomena, which he projects will be the new normal at the next level. His fiction is mainly visionary/historical. His first novel, THE ANATHEMAS, A Novel of Reincarnation and Restitution, was published in 2010. His second, CHANNEL OF THE GRAIL, is scheduled for release in early 2016. He is currently writing THE ELECT to complete the trilogy He became a member of the VFA in 2013 and posts frequently on the VFA website. Read more on victoresmith.com.

22 comments on ““Visionary Fiction” Now Officially on Wikipedia

  1. esdragon2
    August 18, 2014

    Congratulation Victor. All Hail VisFic.

    Esme

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Theresa Crater
    August 18, 2014

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

    Liked by 3 people

  3. visionaryfictionauthor
    August 18, 2014

    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

    Liked by 4 people

  4. margaretduarte
    August 18, 2014

    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?”

    Liked by 4 people

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  6. Victor E. Smith
    August 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on Victor E. Smith.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Admin - Eleni
    August 18, 2014

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

    Liked by 3 people

  8. libredux
    August 19, 2014

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

    Reblogged this at the Libredux blog

    Liked by 2 people

    • Admin - Eleni
      August 19, 2014

      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!

      Liked by 1 person

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  10. Hal Z Bennett
    August 19, 2014

    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.

    Liked by 3 people

    • margaretduarte
      August 19, 2014

      Visionary Fiction writers have so much to thank you for, Mr. Hal Z. Bennett! You are a VF pioneer. So, of course, the mention. I hope to attend a VF awards conference in my lifetime.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Victor E. Smith
      August 20, 2014

      Thank you, Hal. Without the pioneering efforts of people like you there would have been no VF to write about. We appreciate your contributions here as well.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Admin - Eleni
    August 19, 2014

    You just may, Margaret.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. candidmentor
    August 21, 2014

    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.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Victor E. Smith
      August 21, 2014

      I like that phrase, Monty: “fear of visionary flight,” a very real phobia that I too had to get over. It also rings like a novel title. Move over, Erica Jong.

      Like

  13. drstephenw
    September 14, 2014

    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.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Victor E. Smith
      September 14, 2014

      Thank much, DR, and for your support of VF. We are getting the word out and that’s good for VF writers, and, we have to hope, for the future of humanity.

      Like

  14. jochandler
    November 11, 2014

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

    Liked by 1 person

    • margaretduarte
      November 11, 2014

      Thanks Jo! We owe the success of the visionary fiction listing to Victor E. Smith. He’s quite an asset to the cause.

      Liked by 1 person

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