Category Archives: Research


Visionary Fiction and the Science of Consciousness Series

Dr. Gary Schwartz, Scientist and Parapsychologist In March-April 2017, I wrote a three-part series for the Visionary Fiction Alliance website entitled “Visionary Fiction and the Science of Consciousness.” Given the audience there, it is tailored to authors and readers of the Visionary Fiction genre. However, it contains information,  insights, and references for those more generally interested … Read more

Book Review: Redemption by Jacklyn Lo

Jacklyn Lo’s debut novel, Redemption, is a fast-paced and somewhat trippy read—Artificial Intelligence meets New Age—which enters the burgeoning Visionary Fiction genre market (Reincarnation sub-category) with bursts of brilliance that bodes well for her future. Read more

The “Flyby” in Visionary Fiction

Where do the ideas and visions that eventually become complex cities and timeless books come from? I don’t know actually—how to blunt a piece from the get-go! However, I do know that they first show up as blip of light barely large and lasting enough to evoke a “What the heck was that?” It gets a smidge of our attention before it flicks on by. Read more

Carl Jung’s Portrait of the Visionary Artist

Art is kind of an innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him.

Carl Jung, “Psychology and Literature,” Modern Man in Search of a Soul, p. 169
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Celebrating Visionary Fiction Pioneer Monty Joynes

Join me in Celebrating Visionary Fiction Pioneer Monty Joynes on the Visionary Fiction Alliance website. I am the fortunate owner of a set, each inscribed with a personal message, of all four volumes of the original Booker series by Monty Joynes, adventurer, Vietnam “era” vet, magazine editor, travel writer, diplomat, and author of more than twenty … Read more

Carl Jung and Visionary Fiction

It may come as a shock, or at least a revelation, to Visionary Fiction readers and writers that Carl Jung, the eminent Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology, defined Visionary Fiction and described it in detail in a lecture delivered in 1929, “Psychology and Literature,” included in the volume Modern Man in Search of a Soul. Rather than the narrow sub-genre it is often reduced to, Jung depicts Visionary Fiction as a super-genre that forms one of the two major divisions of artistic production: “I will call the one mode of artistic creation psychological, and the other visionary.” Read more

Book Review: Miracles Happen by Brian L. Weiss, MD

As an author who writes fiction that features reincarnation as a given and has done considerable research into the phenomenon in history and in the field, I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Weiss’s latest book Miracles Happen. Read more

Paranormal Series #4 PSYCHOKINESIS—Remote Control over Matter

The efficacy of the remote control is a given in the 21st Century. We use one for everything from starting our cars without leaving the house to sending nuclear missiles against  targets on the other side of the planet. Its role in engendering the current crop of gigantic couch potatoes is debatable, but that’s a … Read more

The Visionary Fiction Alliance

I recently had the good fortune to come across the website of a group of like-minded writers who had formed the Visionary Fiction Alliance. Of course, I jumped in enthusiastically and joined. My effort to help make the “visionary” genre better known started ten years ago, after several grueling rounds with agents over an earlier version of my novel, The Anathemas (eventually published by Outskirts Press in 2010). Read more

Paranormal Series #3: PSYCHOMETRY: MEASURING THE SOUL

Psychometry, the first specific form of paranormal or extra-sensory perception we will examine is defined as “the ability or art of divining information about people or events associated with an object solely by touching or being near to it.” The American physician and professor of physiology,  Joseph Rodes Buchanan, coined the word “psychometry” (measuring the … Read more