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.

 

WHO ARE WE

Meera Velu

Meera Velu

Founder, Editor & Publisher

Trained in urban planning, Meera daily seeks out the cat wormholes of Oakland, California, but mainly finds herself tripping on words.

Yomna Osman

Yomna Osman

Contributing Editor

Yomna Osman is a curator and writer from Cairo, Egypt. She is a recent graduate of the California College of the Arts where she earned a dual degree MA in Curatorial Practice and Visual and Critical Studies. For Osman, research, writing, and curating are inseparable. She has organized and curated exhibitions, performances, and events in a number of institutions including CCA Wattis Institute, CTRL+SHFT Collective (Oakland), and Falaki Theatre (Cairo), among others.

Devon Montgomery

Devon Montgomery

Founder & Contributing Editor

Devon is a comic creator, active designer/letterer, and impassioned storyteller who does his best not to be a nihilist. He’s pretty sure it’s all in vain.