Marooned! on Mars with Matt and Hilary

46 EpisodesProduced by Matt Hauske Hilary StrangWebsite

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 Hil… read more

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46 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

The Martians, Parts 1-4: the Sublime, Negation, and Big Sky Country

August 13th, 2019


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 …

A Nebula Award for a Double -- the Kim Stanley Robinson Interview

June 30th, 2019


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 14: "Phoenix Lake," Endings, Children, and Horizons on Mars, on Mars, on Mars, on Mars, on Mars

June 22nd, 2019


We’re back! Reading, talking, and listening respectfully. And sometimes swearing. Being misheard and misunderstood.

We talk about student papers and …

Blue Mars, Part 13: "Experimental Procedures," Terran Sky Blue, Common Archives, and SCIENCE!

May 24th, 2019


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 12: "It Goes So Fast," Pearly Gems of Wisdom, Contingency, Memory, and Death

April 29th, 2019


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 11.5: “Viriditas,” Part Two: Democracy, Harmony, and Planetary Politics

April 10th, 2019


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 11: “Viriditas,” Part One: Freedom, Pleasure, and Zo

March 29th, 2019


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 10: "Werteswandel," Running, Choices, Ecstasy and Escape

March 18th, 2019


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 9: "Natural History," Monsters, Self-Government, and Hot Air

March 4th, 2019


After another unexpectedly long hiatus, Matt and Hilary are back to talk about our favorite topics--Martian and Chicagoan politics and Martian and …

Blue Mars, Part 8: "The Green and The White," Viriditas and the Virids, Landscape and Dandelion Spores

February 19th, 2019


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 7: "Making Things Work," Chickens, Soil, Shit, and Politics

February 5th, 2019


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 6: "Ann in the Outback," Bears, Cold, and Werner Herzog

January 28th, 2019


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 5: "Home at Last," Nostalgically Eating Uncured Olives

January 21st, 2019


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 4: "Green Earth," (Post-)Colonialism, and Uncanny Hallucinations

January 14th, 2019


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 3: "A New Constitution," the Bardo, Hypnogogic Visions, and A Definite Article

December 31st, 2018


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 2: "Areophany," Toxic Masculinity, and Throwing Things Together

December 25th, 2018


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 …

Blue Mars, Part 1: "Peacock Mountain" and the Look in People's Eyes

December 18th, 2018


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 …

GREEN MARS Wrap-up, Harry Potter Tattoos, and Ritual Protest

December 10th, 2018


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 …

Red Moon, Thanksgiving, Beer Law, and Quantum Mechanics

December 2nd, 2018


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 …

hilary’s mini ep

November 21st, 2018


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.


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Matt’s Mini Episode

November 17th, 2018


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, …

Green Mars, Part 10: "Phase Change," Long Walks, and Designated Arbitrators

October 28th, 2018


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 …

Our Dinner With Stan

October 15th, 2018


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, Part 9: "The Spur of the Moment" and Cats on the Table

October 4th, 2018


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 …

Green Mars, Part 8: "Social Engineering," Sax Russell, and Unilateralism

September 25th, 2018


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 …

Green Mars, Part 7.2: "What Is to Be Done?" William Fort: the Ancient Dolphin

September 18th, 2018


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 …

Green Mars, Part 7: "What Is to Be Done?" Part 1, the Gift Economy, and Family Issues

September 10th, 2018


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 …

Green Mars--Listener Mailbag!

September 3rd, 2018


In this episode of Marooned! on Mars with Matt and Hilary, Matt and Hilary respond to your voicemails! We received three voicemails from listeners …

Green Mars, Part 6: "Tariqat" (Part 2) Political Economy and Culture of the Demimonde

August 27th, 2018


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 …

Green Mars, Part 6: "Tariqat," Culture, and the next John Boone

August 19th, 2018


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, …

Green Mars, Part Five: "Homeless" and Guerrilla Climatology

August 14th, 2018


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 …

Green Mars, Part Four: "The Scientist as Hero," Sleeping with the Enemy, and the Magic of Lenses

August 8th, 2018


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 …

Green Mars, Part Three: "Long Runout," Action, and Thinking Like a Stone

August 3rd, 2018


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 …

Green Mars, Part Two: "The Ambassador," Alternate Sensoriums, and Acquiring Mars

July 28th, 2018


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 …

Green Mars, Part One: "Areoformation," Viriditas, and The Great Unexplainable

July 19th, 2018


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, …

Red Mars Wrap-Up and the Curse of the Baggy Monster!

July 18th, 2018


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 …

Red Mars, Part Eight: Shikata Ga Nai

June 30th, 2018


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 …

Red Mars, Part Seven: Senzeni Na

June 27th, 2018


Matt & Hilary discuss Part Seven, "Senzeni Na." See the revolution through the eyes of Nadia! Materialism and ideology! Space elevators, …

Red Mars, Part Six: Guns Under the Table (Part 1??)

June 9th, 2018


We're back! Matt & Hilary talk about the Frank Chalmers section, "Guns Under the Table." Rules, sex, revolution?!?!?!

In 2057, will Frank …

Red Mars, Part Five: Falling into History (Part 2)

May 27th, 2018


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 …

Red Mars, Part Five: Falling into History (Part 1)

May 20th, 2018


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, …

Red Mars, Part Four: Homesick

May 12th, 2018


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 …

Red Mars, Part Three: The Crucible

May 5th, 2018


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 …

Red Mars, Part Two: The Voyage Out

April 28th, 2018


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 …

Red Mars, Part One: Festival Night

April 21st, 2018


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 …

Introducing "Marooned! on Mars with Matt and Hilary"

April 14th, 2018


Introducing you to the world(s) of Kim Stanley Robinson, Matt, and Hilary, and what this podcast is all about.


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