While many authors write to understand themselves and/or particular events, we write to try to understand potentials—what might happen, what could happen if…. We generally use genre stories as metaphors for ideas, but our books have been hard to categorize.
Some readers called our first novel, The Jamais Vu Papers, transformational and life-changing. It was out of print for a long time, and the recirculating copies got hard to find. We had the book scanned and published a new edition, which won the Visionary Fiction category of the International Book Awards (sponsored by JPX Media), and Honorable Mention in the Spiritual category of the 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. It was also on the short list for the Montaigne Medal given by the Hoffer Awards for “the most thought-provoking titles … books that either illuminate, progress, or redirect thought.”
Visionary Fiction? We began to notice that label cropping up here and there. Was this finally a category open enough, varied enough, non-authoritative enough that it might help identify what we’re doing?
Apparently it is. Those authors we’ve found connected with it are searchers, adventurers, not followers of dogma. The Visionary Fiction Alliance begins their definition this way:
Visionary Fiction embraces spiritual and esoteric wisdom, often from ancient sources, and makes it relevant for our modern life. These gems of wisdom are brought forth in story form and in a way that readers can experience the wisdom from within themselves. It emphasizes the future and envisions humanity’s transition into evolved consciousness. While there is a strong theme, it in no way proselytizes or preaches.
There’s more of that definition on their site. We feel comfortable there.