Speculative City is an upcoming literary magazine whose first issue, GROTESQUE, will be published digitally to the public in February 2018.

Speculative City embraces the motivations of speculative fiction and integrates them into a focus of setting: the city. Cities instinctively draw marginalized individuals aspiring to create communities. Speculative City endeavors to elevate the voices of these communities through literary works that explore the potentials of their lived experience through the frame of science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism.

Speculative City first found inspiration in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s novel We. We features a city enshrouded by a glass wall, a city that is monitored and controlled. Rather than acting as a veil to contain and limit, Speculative City looks to magnify exchanges, particularly of the unheard and invisible, in dense cityscapes. In this magnification, the magazine invites introspection, questioning, and confrontation of prevailing ideas and beliefs.

We call for those curious and laboring to envision altered realities.


Speculative City is the brainchild of three friends who, after finding a hive of bees in their collective bonnet, decided it was time to share the honey.

City Architect/Chief Editor
Trained in urban planning, Meera V. daily seeks out the cat wormholes of Oakland, California, but mainly finds herself tripping on words.

Legislative Administrator/Editor
Ande C. is a professional proletariat and amateur agoraphobic interested in onomastics and grammar.

Structural Engineer/Editor and Operations Manager
Devon A. is a comic creator, active designer/letterer, and impassioned storyteller.