Film has long been fertile ground for the speculative genre. From science-fiction blockbusters that gross millions to smaller independent and artistic productions, film is a medium in which we visually confer about the present, the future, about human nature, and even what it means to be watching a film, to be transported from one temporal reality into the exaggerated physics of another.

But, before any of such spectacles are projected in the theatre, there is another stage of speculation that happens—the pilot, the pitch, the unproduced screenplay, the “spec” script.

For our portfolio feature, we sample bits of these spec scripts as well as other hybrid forms of screenwriting speculation. We found spec scripts whose subjects are, in themselves, a part of the speculative genre. We searched widely for our contributors, looking at those established in the literary and film worlds as well as placing a call for submissions at LA non-profits, Craigslist, and university campuses. Here are the results of that search.



BUGS IN AMBER By Cassandra Miller

ORIGIN RAGE By Leland Jake



PORTFOLIO: New writing selected from our open submissions reading period.

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Charles Yu is the author of three books, including the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the best books of the year by Time magazine. He has written for the HBO series Westworld and Here and Now, as well as an upcoming show on AMC, Lodge 49. His fiction and non-fiction has been published in a number of publications The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate and Wired.

Cassandra Miller has been toying with the idea of changing her name: it is a work in progress, she can't decide if she would like it to be shorter or longer, something more simple or harder to pronounce. She writes; she has been working- for what seems like forever- on this thing she refers to as “the book”