Speculatively is the home to speculative fiction written by me, Nate Eckman.
It's a breeding grounds for stories and ideas that I hope will become best-selling stories, novels, books, and films. It's a place to share my earliest works with my inner-most circle.
Most importantly it's my little corner of the internet where I hope to nourish humility and fantastical thinking. So, I'm happy that you're here.
The name speculatively encapsulates a philosophy towards thinking. Most literally, by possessing a thinking marked by questioning curiosity. It's also a formula for arranging information. Which, simply stated, values questioning more than vociferation.
To think speculatively is to value humility. It wasn't long ago when science indoctrinated generations of people into believing that the earth was at the center of our solar system. Those who disagreed were killed. Similar treatments were awarded to those who thought unorthodoxly about religion, medicine, or labor. In literally every category of life there is a martyr who died a shameful death for believing something which we today believe a fact. It doesn't take a devotee of history to understand that at every point in history the collective human experience has been marred with misclassifying murder - and censorship - as "just." Which begs the question, will there ever be any point in existence when humans will conquer ignorance?
I don't believe that this modern society, nor its near descendants, will evolve beyond such errors. Therefore our convictions must be tempered with speculation, each fact asterisked by an understanding that even the surest of truths may have been misunderstood.
But this is not all a matter of right and wrong.
Rather, to think speculatively is to excite our minds. As Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk wrote in his Magnum Opus The Body Keeps The Score
Imagination is absolutely critical to the quality of our lives. Our imagination enables us to leave our routine everyday existence by fantasizing about travel, food, sex, falling in love, or having the last word - all things that make life interesting. Imagination gives us the opportunity to envision new possibilities - it is an essential launchpad for making our hopes come true. It fires our creativity, relieves our boredom, alleviates our pain, enhances our pleasure, and enriches our most intimate relationships...Without imagination there is no hope, no chance to envision a better future, no place to go, no goal to reach.
The genres of speculative fiction are the foundation which I hope to stir myself and readers to endlessly fantasize about the wonderful possibilities of this life.
Special thanks to Maya Capasso, for editing my earliest pieces. I'm excited for the works we'll craft together.