Marooned! on Mars with Matt and Hilary

Marooned! on Mars with Matt and Hilary

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A read-along podcast exploring the world(s) of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy. Two humanities scholars—and friends!—read and discuss Kim Stanley Robinson’s amazing Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars, one part at a time. Occasional guests! Utopian sci-fi fun and thinking! And fun! Matt and Hilary are humanities professors. Matt has taught cinema and media studies at DePaul University and the University of Chicago, and Hilary teaches English and gender studies at the University of Chicago. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marooned-on-mars-with-matt-and-hilary/support


The Martians, Parts 1-4: the Sublime, Negation, and Big Sky Country
Aug 13 • 75 min
Hello! We’re back in Phase Two of “Marooned! on Mars” Matt and Hilary will be discussing the short stories, essays, fragments, poems, and other literary concoctions that comprise The Martians, published in 1999. This is kind of like the apocrypha of the…
A Nebula Award for a Double — the Kim Stanley Robinson Interview
Jun 30 • 86 min
Hello! We are so happy and proud to present this episode, our wide-ranging interview with the man himself! Kim Stanley Robinson, avid listener of our Kim Stanley Robinson podcast, graciously gave us some of his time during a layover at O’Hare in…
Blue Mars, Part 14: “Phoenix Lake,” Endings, Children, and Horizons on Mars, on Mars, on Mars, on Mars, on Mars
Jun 22 • 71 min
We’re back! Reading, talking, and listening respectfully. And sometimes swearing. Being misheard and misunderstood. We talk about student papers and Matt yammers about some of the reception studies he received, including papers about Thelma & Louise, A…
Blue Mars, Part 13: “Experimental Procedures,” Terran Sky Blue, Common Archives, and SCIENCE!
May 24 • 83 min
In the penultimate chapter of the Mars Trilogy, Sax names colors with Maya, works on the memory problem at Acheron, and goes sailing with Ann—and Matt and Hilary talk about it! We talk a bit about the moments of adventure in the books, and speculate about…
Blue Mars, Part 12: “It Goes So Fast,” Pearly Gems of Wisdom, Contingency, Memory, and Death
Apr 28 • 103 min
Hello yes! We’re (finally) back (again) with a double-stuffed, one-year anniversary episode! Here we discuss the long Maya chapter from Blue Mars, “It Goes So Fast.” Ironically titled, as this is our longest episode yet and it is full of pointless…
Blue Mars, Part 11.5: “Viriditas,” Part Two: Democracy, Harmony, and Planetary Politics
Apr 9 • 91 min
Part Two of our discussion of Blue Mars Part 11, “Viriditas”! Last episode was about Zo. This episode is about how cool living on the other planets is, and how the politics of the solar system are congealing. We drank beers on this one, so it might be a…
Blue Mars, Part 11: “Viriditas,” Part One: Freedom, Pleasure, and Zo
Mar 28 • 67 min
Matt and Hilary let you into one of our planning sessions, demystifying the amazingly shallow and slapdash way we decide what to talk about. This chapter is so rich that we figured we’d have to divide it up into two episodes. This episode focuses mainly…
Blue Mars, Part 10: “Werteswandel,” Running, Choices, Ecstasy and Escape
Mar 18 • 86 min
In this episode we discuss Part Ten of Blue Mars, Werteswandel, a Nirgal chapter. Nirgal is running around Mars—running in circles, running from something, outside and inside himself at the same time. Running looks like a new technology on Mars, just like…
Blue Mars, Part 9: “Natural History,” Monsters, Self-Government, and Hot Air
Mar 4 • 81 min
After another unexpectedly long hiatus, Matt and Hilary are back to talk about our favorite topics—Martian and Chicagoan politics and Martian and Chicagoan weather! “Natural History” is a Sax chapter, and finds our favorite jumble of rats in a lab coat…
Blue Mars, Part 8: “The Green and The White,” Viriditas and the Virids, Landscape and Dandelion Spores
Feb 19 • 81 min
We’re back, after an unexpected and unexpectedly long hiatus! This chapter finds Nirgal trying to find himself, to locate and perhaps localize himself on the planet Mars, amid the network of force relations constituted by his family, the Martian political…
Blue Mars, Part 7: “Making Things Work,” Chickens, Soil, Shit, and Politics
Feb 5 • 72 min
In this episode, Matt and Hilary discuss the Nadia chapter “Making Things Work,” as Nadia figures out what it means to be the first President of Mars, ponders what it will be like to have a new pinkie finger, and wishes she could get her hands dirty with…
Blue Mars, Part 6: “Ann in the Outback,” Bears, Cold, and Werner Herzog
Jan 28 • 78 min
This episode Matt and Hilary discuss the masterful chapter, “Ann in the Outback.” Matt and Hilary love love love this chapter, perhaps to the point where words fail them. Well, words fail Matt. Hilary, as always, is killing it. It’s very cold in…
Blue Mars, Part 5: “Home at Last,” Nostalgically Eating Uncured Olives
Jan 21 • 68 min
This week, Marooned on Mars discusses Part 5 of Blue Mars, “Home at Last.” In this part, Michel returns home to his beloved Provence to find everything changed and unrecognizable. Matt and Hilary ponder psychologist Michel’s weird psychology, where his…
Blue Mars, Part 4: “Green Earth,” (Post-)Colonialism, and Uncanny Hallucinations
Jan 14 • 89 min
On this episode of Marooned!, we’re discussing Part 4 of Blue Mars, “Green Earth,” a Nirgal chapter. Nirgal, Sax, Maya, and Michel have traveled to Earth as a Martian delegation to attempt to normalize relations to the home planet and help out where they…
Blue Mars, Part 3: “A New Constitution,” the Bardo, Hypnogogic Visions, and A Definite Article
Dec 31, 2018 • 80 min
Happy New Year! This episode follows Art Randolph as he helps in the drafting of a new constitution! Matt and Hilary share some tips and tales about articles, definite and indefinite. Before we get to the chapter itself, we chat again about RED MOON…
Blue Mars, Part 2: “Areophany,” Toxic Masculinity, and Throwing Things Together
Dec 25, 2018 • 71 min
Schoooooool’s out for winter! Schoooooool’s out for Solstice! Schoooool’s out for Marooned! on Mars with Matt and Hilary! In this Sax chapter, Matt and Hilary discuss Sax’s inability to leave Ann alone and let her die already. General Sax is up to his old…
Blue Mars, Part 1: “Peacock Mountain” and the Look in People’s Eyes
Dec 18, 2018 • 76 min
The first part of BLUE MARS starts with a chapter from the perspective of Ann Clayborne, who we’ve only seen through the eyes of others since way back in GREEN MARS, “Long Runout”—something like 500 pages! A lot has changed since then, but BLUE MARS picks…
GREEN MARS Wrap-up, Harry Potter Tattoos, and Ritual Protest
Dec 10, 2018 • 69 min
In this episode, Matt and Hilary wrap up their discussion of GREEN MARS before starting the final book, BLUE MARS, next week. We share various uncooked thoughts about the second book in the trilogy, including the relationship between ageing (or not…
Red Moon, Thanksgiving, Beer Law, and Quantum Mechanics
Dec 2, 2018 • 87 min
We’re back! Finally! After an unanticipatedly long hiatus, Matt and Hilary are back to discuss KSR’s new novel, RED MOON. We both really love this novel, and talk about it at length (spoilers!). But first we recap our Thanksgivings, sharing harrowing…
hilary’s mini ep
Nov 21, 2018 • 20 min
in which i drone on about some good sf books & how recording an episode without matt is much less fun. also happy american thanksgiving to those who celebrate it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marooned-on-mars-with-matt-and-hilary/support
Matt’s Mini Episode
Nov 17, 2018 • 10 min
Matt goes rogue with a mini-sode recorded into his phone with a little weird music in the background just for laughs. Updates on the show (we’ll be back soon, we miss you!) and other science fictional adventures, including Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden,…
Green Mars, Part 10: “Phase Change,” Long Walks, and Designated Arbitrators
Oct 28, 2018 • 66 min
In this belated episode, Matt and Hilary discuss Part 10 of GREEN MARS, “Phase Change,” where the revolution happens! We talk about how the revolution comes about, Nadia’s role as “designated arbitrator,” and just how cool and amazing this chapter is in…
Our Dinner With Stan
Oct 15, 2018 • 39 min
Matt and Hilary met Kim Stanley Robinson last week and had dinner with him! We lived to tell the tale, and this is the episode where we tell it. We’ll be back later in the week with our episode about the final part of Green Mars, “Phase Change.” Rate and…
Green Mars, Part 9: “The Spur of the Moment” and Cats on the Table
Oct 4, 2018 • 79 min
Sorry this is late! We’ve been teaching and Matt has time-management issues! Matt and Hilary start by talking about what they’re teaching, which are both, in their ways, cyborg manifestoes. Then, into the chapter, where Maya wrestles with histories both…
Green Mars, Part 8: “Social Engineering,” Sax Russell, and Unilateralism
Sep 24, 2018 • 74 min
In this episode, Sax Russell goes rogue! The former Stephen Lindholm makes some unilateral decisions about the future of Mars, i.e., blowing up the soletta and shooting Deimos out of orbit. Why does he do this? Matt and Hilary discuss! Theory 1. Sax is a…
Green Mars, Part 7.2: “What Is to Be Done?” William Fort: the Ancient Dolphin
Sep 18, 2018 • 79 min
In the second part of our discussion of Part 7 of Green Mars, “What is To Be Done?,” Matt and Hilary talk about pot luck dinners, constitutional conventions, and William Fort, the ancient dolphin! First we recap why we like this chapter so much (because…
Green Mars, Part 7: “What Is to Be Done?” Part 1, the Gift Economy, and Family Issues
Sep 10, 2018 • 94 min
In this episode, Matt and Hilary cover the first half of Part 7, “What Is to Be Done?” This part is about the pivotal Dorsa Brevia conference, where hundreds of representatives of the various groups of the Martian demimonde gather to create a…
Green Mars—Listener Mailbag!
Sep 3, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode of Marooned! on Mars with Matt and Hilary, Matt and Hilary respond to your voicemails! We received three voicemails from listeners that provided the opportunity to do a whole mess of TALKING. This one got away from us a little bit, but…
Green Mars, Part 6: “Tariqat” (Part 2) Political Economy and Culture of the Demimonde
Aug 27, 2018 • 75 min
Matt and Hilary continue their discussion of “Tariqat,” Part 6 of KSR’s Green Mars. We focus on the emergent political economy of Mars’ demimonde, as practiced by Coyote as he circulates between the various underground factions. M & H try to figure out…
Green Mars, Part 6: “Tariqat,” Culture, and the next John Boone
Aug 19, 2018 • 77 min
Matt & Hilary discuss Part 6 of Green Mars, “Tariqat.” Focalized through Nirgal, we also get a healthy dose of the the way Spencer and Art come to know the underground of Mars, as they, along with Coyote and Sax, drive around in a boulder car after the…
Green Mars, Part Five: “Homeless” and Guerrilla Climatology
Aug 14, 2018 • 73 min
Matt and Hilary discuss Part Five of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Green Mars, “Homeless,” from the perspective of Michel. This one’s action packed, as Michel and Maya break into the Martian prison at Kasei Vallis to rescue Sax from his torturer-interrogators!…
Green Mars, Part Four: “The Scientist as Hero,” Sleeping with the Enemy, and the Magic of Lenses
Aug 8, 2018 • 82 min
Matt and Hilary discuss Part Four of Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Green Mars,” “The Scientist as Hero,” told from the perspective of Sax Russell. The first chapter from the perspective of Sax, and it’s unique in that it contains a lot of overlap with other…
Green Mars, Part Three: “Long Runout,” Action, and Thinking Like a Stone
Aug 3, 2018 • 101 min
Matt and Hilary discuss Part Three of Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, “Long Runout,” an Ann Clayborne chapter. We find Ann in mourning, stunned after the losses of Simon, Frank, and Mars itself, driving around the surface, conducting research and…
Green Mars, Part Two: “The Ambassador,” Alternate Sensoriums, and Acquiring Mars
Jul 28, 2018 • 67 min
Matt and Hilary discuss Part Two of Green Mars, The Ambassador. Suddenly we’re back to Earth and introduced to Art Randolph and William Fort, who set out to “acquire” Mars. The space elevator gets reconnected in the prologue, and eccentric jillionaire…
Green Mars, Part One: “Areoformation,” Viriditas, and The Great Unexplainable
Jul 19, 2018 • 77 min
Matt and Hilary start the second volume of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy, *Green Mars*! Told from the perspective of Nirgal, a true Martian, we’re re-introduced to the world of Mars, the first hundred, and a sense of wonder. We get to see Dr. Robot,…
Red Mars Wrap-Up and the Curse of the Baggy Monster!
Jul 18, 2018 • 70 min
Matt and Hilary say goodbye to *Red Mars.* We talk about the New York Times’ review of the book (Matt was too lazy and busy to find other, more relevant reviews). Hilary tells us how to read science fiction. We take a deepish dive into Arkady and Hiroko,…
Red Mars, Part Eight: Shikata Ga Nai
Jun 30, 2018 • 91 min
The last part of *Red Mars!* Hilary and Matt discuss Part Eight, “Shikata Ga Nai.” Told through Ann’s perspective, another major character dies, a small group of refugees drives around Mars in a couple of boulder cars, and they arrive at their new home!…
Red Mars, Part Seven: Senzeni Na
Jun 27, 2018 • 75 min
Matt & Hilary discuss Part Seven, “Senzeni Na.” See the revolution through the eyes of Nadia! Materialism and ideology! Space elevators, asteroids! Death! Destruction! Machinations! Let’s blow up the moon! (I tried some actual editing on this episode—hope…
Red Mars, Part Six: Guns Under the Table (Part 1??)
Jun 9, 2018 • 64 min
We’re back! Matt & Hilary talk about the Frank Chalmers section, “Guns Under the Table.” Rules, sex, revolution?!?!?! In 2057, will Frank Chalmers successfully negotiate a renewal of the treaty that allows transnational corporations to exploit Mars’s…
Red Mars, Part Five: Falling into History (Part 2)
May 27, 2018 • 93 min
In Part 2 of our episode about Part Five, “Falling Into History,” Matt and Hilary discuss politics, eco-economics, gifts, and debt! Follow us on Twitter @podcastonmars Email us at [email protected] Rate and review us on iTunes! Don’t buy…
Red Mars, Part Five: Falling into History (Part 1)
May 20, 2018 • 69 min
Matt & Hilary discuss Part Five of KSR’s Red Mars, Falling Into History. It’s the John Boone chapter! This is the first part of a two-part episode, because so much happens in this chapter. Here we discuss Boone, embodiment, drugs, genre, cowboys, Arabs,…
Red Mars, Part Four: Homesick
May 12, 2018 • 66 min
Matt & Hilary talk about Part Four of Red Mars, “Homesick,” which focuses on the lone psychiatrist among the First Hundred, Michel—The Only Frenchman on Mars. Look for a surprise ending (to the chapter, not the episode)! Follow us on Twitter…
Red Mars, Part Three: The Crucible
May 5, 2018 • 72 min
We discuss KSR’s Red Mars, Part Three, “The Crucible.” It’s a Nadia section! Lots of things get built, things start to heat up (literally AND figuratively), and I still don’t know how to edit audio, nor do I have the time. But that’s okay because we’re…
Red Mars, Part Two: The Voyage Out
Apr 28, 2018 • 77 min
Episode 3 of our discussion of KSR’s Mars Trilogy. In “The Voyage Out,” we’re introduced to the First Hundred as they embark on their year-long voyage to Mars. We say “like” a lot and there is no editing…yet! Oh, and we have a Twitter: @podastonmars. And…
Red Mars, Part One: Festival Night
Apr 21, 2018 • 65 min
Matt and Hilary dive into the first Part of Kim Stanley Robinson’s *Red Mars*, “Festival Night.” Meet Frank Chalmers, John Boone, Maya Toitovna, and the citizens of the new Martian town of Nicosia! Sex, intrigue, a political assassination! Wow! Later…
Introducing “Marooned! on Mars with Matt and Hilary”
Apr 14, 2018 • 70 min
Introducing you to the world(s) of Kim Stanley Robinson, Matt, and Hilary, and what this podcast is all about. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marooned-on-mars-with-matt-and-hilary/support