Bex Jones

Researcher. Teacher. Crafter.

A Future Forest: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

In this third episode, our hosts delve into Jeff VanderMeer's 2017 novel 'Borne'. Set in a post-apocalyptic city ruled by a giant, flying bear, the story follows Rachel, a scavenger who discovers a shape-shifting sentient creature named Borne. The discussion explores the entanglement of humanity, technology, and nature, the dynamics between humans and more-than-human entities, and the concept of 'monstrosity' in relation to ecological concerns. Additionally, our hosts examine the novel's portrayal of power, control, and the resilience of nature and humanity in the face of environmental collapse.