Grow, Divide, Sacrifice, Thrive – Jo Miles

The circular driveway at the Randolph family house was already full when Chris arrived, packed tight with cars all the way out to the curb, so Chris parked on the street. It seemed fitting that there was no space left for them, and anyway, their scraped-up little Honda didn’t belong next to the family’s Lexuses and Teslas. Evening bathed the neighborhood in softening shadows, drawing the eye to the lit windows of the Randolph home, …

A question for Jo Miles

Q: What’s your favorite non-SFF book?

A: One non-fiction book that I read recently and enjoyed immensely is The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, a German forester who combines his personal, life-long experience working with trees with some incredible recent science to show that trees have a lot more going on than we give them credit for.

Not only do trees change their chemistry to survive harsh conditions or scare off parasites; they also communicate and look out for each other, warning nearby trees about dangerous insects, supporting and sheltering young trees as they grow, and even sharing nutrients with sick trees. Though it waxes poetic in places, I found it an eye-opening look at such a familiar thing, and a reminder that life can be sophisticated in many ways, even if it looks very different from us humans.


Jo Miles’s story “Grow, Divide, Sacrifice, Thrive
in Metaphorosis Friday, 21 February 2020.
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About Jo Miles

Jo Miles is a non-binary author of science fiction and fantasy and is working to build a more hopeful future, both in their fiction and through their day job helping nonprofits use the internet to save the world. They live in Maryland, where they are owned by two cats.

www.jomiles.com, @josmiles


Jo Miles’s story “Grow, Divide, Sacrifice, Thrive
in Metaphorosis Friday, 21 February 2020.
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