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Marooned! on Mars with Matt and Hilary

113 EpisodesProduced by Matt Hauske & Hilary StrangWebsite

a kim stanley robinson read-along podcast with regular forays into utopia. hosted by some friends who are into communism, science fiction and other stuff

113 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

Green Earth, Episode 5: "Fifty Degrees Below" 3, Indecision, Mutual Aid, Election Theater, and Bailiwicks

May 9th, 2022


First, the name of the Buddhist climate activist who self-immolated in front of the Supreme Court was Wynn Bruce. Matt forgets his name when he …

Green Earth, Episode 4: Permaculture, the Commons, Destiny

May 5th, 2022


NOTE: This episode was recorded in early April.

In this episode we focus on “Is There a Technical Solution?,” “Autumn in New York,” and “Optimodal.”

Green Earth, Episode 3: "Fifty Degrees Below," Robinsonades, Realism, Lama-Grooming

March 30th, 2022


In this episode we talk about the first three chapters of Fifty Degrees Below, "Primate in Forest," "Abrupt Climate Change," and "Return to Khembalung."

We discuss the way this novel works within the mode of realism and …

Green Earth, Episode 2: Sweatpants, Buddha Nature, and Nukes

March 7th, 2022


In this episode we talk about the second half of the first volume of Green Earth, Forty Signs of Rain from "Athena on the Pacific" to "Broader …

Green Earth, Episode 1: "The Buddha Arrives" to "Science in the Capital": Setting the Table, the Literature of Banality, and Science in the W. Era

February 19th, 2022


We're back! This season we're tackling Green Earth, KSR's revised, single-volume edition of the Science in the Capital trilogy. The trilogy was …

2312 Episode 14: "Kiran on Ice" to "Epilogue': The Final Countdown!, Crossword Puzzles, Exile, Pair Bonding, Pronouns!

January 5th, 2022


Our final episode of our 2312 season is here!

First, we talk about the topic on everyone's mind, the New York Times Crossword puzzle and how bad it is. We wrap that up around 6.5 minutes in.

Then, we reveal the topic of …

2312 Episode 13: "Swan and Pauline and Wahram and Genette," and Diane Keaton and Joe Manchin and Sonny Crockett and Jerry Seinfeld

December 26th, 2021


Back to hot opens, in another episode where we ask important questions like, “what is time? Is it just a number? Is a wristwatch like handcuffing yourself to time? What about neckties? Is it okay when Diane Keaton wears …

2312 Episode 12: "Extracts (17)" to "ETH Mobile" (I'm not even going to try to spell it): Utopias of Gender, Virginia Woolf, the Long Stare of the Tenured Professor

December 19th, 2021


Hilary and The Good German are back! We're talking animals, qubes, and consciousness, embodiment and emotion, landscape and economic miracles, long …

2312 Episode 11: "Extracts (15)" to "Lists (14)": Piloerection, Multispecies Solidarity, Land Art, Freedom

December 5th, 2021


Hello again! First a massive apology for taking so long to get this episode out. As Matt explains in the opening, this was relatively unavoidable and …

2312 Episode 10: "Swan in the Vulcanoids" to "Wahram on Earth": Political Economy, Aggressive Charity, Gifts

October 29th, 2021


We start with more news from Maine: There's lithium in them thar hills! Will Elon Musk coup the governor? Stay tuned, and find out more here. We ask whether it's possible to extract these important minerals outside the …

2312 Episode 9: "Swan and the Inspector" to "Extracts (12)": Totalities, Interpretability, and The Sad Planet

October 16th, 2021


We spend the first ten minutes or so of this episode talking about an issue in Maine politics that presents a conundrum that's characteristic of the …

2312 Episode 8: "Lists (7)" to "Quantum Walk (1)": Noir, Late Feudalism, and the Long Postmodern

September 28th, 2021


This week's episode features coughing, an apology (not for the coughing), and cat-talk. Also we discuss science communication, agency and historical …

2312 Episode 7: "Swan and the Inspector," Swan in Wonderland, Post-Scarcity Conspiracies, and the Nature of Evil

September 12th, 2021


This week’s episode is the second half of our conversation from last week’s episode, and concerns the “Swan and the Inspector” chapter. Genette takes Swan on his investigation of the strange goings-on throughout the …

2312 Episode 6: "Lists (4)" to "Lists (6)": Patterns, Agency, Cops, Detection

September 7th, 2021


We had to split this episode up into two because we talked so long! The following episode (Episode 7, or maybe 6.2?) will deal with "Swan and the …

2312 Episode 5: "Wahram and Swan:" A bird and a toad go for a walk and whistle Beethoven

August 22nd, 2021


This long episode is devoted to the "Wahram and Swan" chapter of 2312, when the two characters attend a Beethoven concert and the tracks on which Terminator runs are mysteriously destroyed. Wahram and Swan, along with …

2312 Episode 4: "Extracts (3)" to "Extracts (6)": Rainbows, Frogs, Worms, and Heterogeneous Economies

August 10th, 2021


We talk about the form of the "Extracts" chapters, the importance of Earth in the relationships in the story, the sky, living on the side of a planet, acting vs. being, talking to frogs, sleeping with worms, O. Henry, …

2312 Episode 3: Intentions, Aporia, Freedom

July 30th, 2021


We continue our conversation from last week, ending right before the chapter "Extracts (3)."

Matt and Hilary talk about art, chemistry, repetition, intentionality, power, capital, alliances, suffering, allegory, …

2312 Episode 2: "Extracts (1)" to "Wahram and Swan": Decadence, Dragons, Seizing the Day in the Pseudoiterative

July 23rd, 2021


In this episode we talk about chapters from Extracts (1) to Wahram and Swan (yes, only two chapters, how decadent of us!).

We talk about the …

2312 Episode One: Attachment, Habit, Gender, and Purloined Letters

July 12th, 2021


In this episode we read from the first chapter after the prologue up to "Swan and Alex."

First, Hilary and Matt start by discussing the work of …

2312 Episode Zero: "Prologue," Far-Future Posthumanism, Narrative, Gender, Habit, and Ritual

June 27th, 2021


We're back to reveal your desires to you!

We're starting on our new season, which will focus on 2312. In this episode we talk about far-future science fiction, posthumanism, and some of the broad themes and topics this …

Marooned at the Movies! Escapes From New York and L.A.

June 1st, 2021


Matt and Hilary are joined by their boon companion Bill Hutchison to discuss John Carpenter's (identical) films ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981) and ESCAPE FROM L.A. (1996).

The gang talks about the concept of the …

Shaman 8: "Shaman," Art-Making, Transmitting Knowledge, Portrait of the Shaman as a Young Man

May 12th, 2021


Based on Matt’s joke opening, your friendly hosts talk about JFK and JFK for the first ten minutes, so you can probably skip that to get to the good stuff, our discussion of the last chapter of Shaman, “Shaman”!

Topics …

Shaman 7: "All the Worlds Meet," Anthropology, Home, Teaching, and the Bird's Eye View

April 29th, 2021


In this episode we discuss "All the Worlds Meet," in which Loon recuperates after his ordeal, Click haunts Thorn, Thorn dies, Loon builds a new pair …

Shaman 6: "Hunted," Butt-Eating, Hermeneutics, and Barack Obama's Almonds

April 14th, 2021


The sixth chapter of Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson, "Hunted," has Thorn, Click, Loon, and Elga fleeing from the northern jende people. It is an …

Shaman 5: "Under the Ice," Metabolics, Captivity, and Thermal Abundance

April 7th, 2021


In this episode we discuss "Under the Ice," where Elga is kidnapped, Loon goes to rescue her, he gets captured, and Thorn and Click rescue them. A lot to discuss!

Here we're introduced to the northers, or the jende as …

Shaman 3 & 4: "Elga," "The Hunger Spring," Art-Making and -Experiencing, Neanderthals, and Poor Richard's Podcast

March 24th, 2021


Happy (belated) birthday, Kim Stanley Robinson! Is he the author of this podcast? Hilary says, in some ways, yes. Matt says, most certainly, no! You be the judge! Anyway, it's weird to have a podcast that people listen …

Shaman 1 & 2: Loon's Wander, The Wolves at Home, Abundance, Scarcity, and Life Before Capitalist Ruins

March 14th, 2021


[NB: We had some technical audio issues this week, especially on Matt's end. Something to do with Zoom, we presume. You probably won't notice most of them, but there's one point where Matt had to re-record himself …

Shaman Episode Zero: Caves, Common Life, Adventure, and Fire

March 2nd, 2021


Hello! We are coming back, with a new season of discussing Kim Stanley Robinson novels! This season we'll be doing Shaman (2013), so get your copies …

The Ministry for the Future: The Kim Stanley Robinson Interview

January 28th, 2021


We sit down with the one and only KSR to discuss The Ministry for the Future. Stan indulges Matt and Hilary as they ask about a wide range of …

The Ministry for the Future 97-106: Promethean Authority, Invisible Revolution, Guggenmusik, No Fate, Dignity

January 5th, 2021


This is our last, if not best, episode concerning The Ministry for the Future. (What does the phrase “if not” mean, anyway? We’ll never know!)

We talk the failurewin (or successlose) of progress. Trying things is about …

The Ministry for the Future 89-96: Mourning Myths, Taking Stock, Pyrrhic Defeat, Anti-Anti-Utopia

December 27th, 2020


We start this episode with Matt immediately blowing out the microphone with his holiday cheer, which didn't, this year, for him, include the …

The Ministry for the Future 76-88: Mourning, Loss, Followers, and the Tapestry of Shit

December 23rd, 2020


Matt and Hilary are approaching the end! As is capitalism, but that's another story. Actually, it's this story, the one they're talking about The Ministry for the Future. But whatever, this one's kind of low energy.

We …

The Ministry for the Future 71-75, 77: The Everything Feeling, Big Dickens Energy, and Sneezing Cats

December 12th, 2020


We're back! In this episode we achieve our lowest minutes-to-pages ratio yet, with 25 pages discussed in 90 minutes! Only for true KSR/ Marooned on Mars heads!

We start by taking stock of some of Stan's recent …

The Ministry for the Future 60-70: Holidays, Deferral, Bureaucrats, Judo, Narcissism, Euthanasia, Good Poop, Napoleon

November 26th, 2020


Happy Ritualized Ideological Food Consumption Day! Matt and Hilary start with another cheery conversation designed to indoctrinate the masses into …

The Ministry for the Future 51-59: Happiness is a Cold Glacier, I Hate LA, Democracy?

November 13th, 2020


One of the great things about this book is how it keeps you on your toes. Matt and Hilary do their best to keep up with its digressions and …

The Ministry for the Future 38-50: Metabolisms of Capital, the Family Form, and Pooping Angels

November 3rd, 2020


In a shrewd bit of counter-programming, we're releasing this episode on the day of what we're told is the most important election of our …

The Ministry for the Future 18-37: Impersonal Challenges, Charismatic Megafauna, Liberal Realism, Intention and Action

October 27th, 2020


In this (very long) episode we discuss roughly chapters 18-37, with a special focus on Frank. What does Frank want? Does he know? The gap between intention and action under capitalism, trapped in our subjectivity and …

The Ministry for the Future 1-17: An Exercise for the Reader

October 16th, 2020


We're back from the movies, ready to do our podcast old school, like a couple of old fools. We're SO EXCITED to start reading Kim Stanley Robinson's …

Marooned at the Movies! They Live! (John Carpenter, 1988)

October 2nd, 2020


We're still marooned at the movies, with John Carpenter, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, our friend Bill, a very special guest all the way from Slovenia, and a …

Marooned at the Movies!: Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden, 1983)

September 21st, 2020


Hello! As we not-so-patiently await the publication of KSR's latest forthcoming masterpiece, The Ministry for the Future, Hilary and Matt embark on a bit of film chat, movie talk, cinema discussion, if you will.

This …

The Years of Rice and Salt 10: "The First Years," Circularity, Ending, Swerving, Becoming Fully Human

August 31st, 2020


Look, here we are again!

We start our final episode on The Years of Rice and Salt by talking about what's up next for the podcast. Short answer: probably a few standalone episodes on movies and KSR short stories, …

The Years of Rice and Salt 9: "Nsara," Feminism and Science, Scents and Scentsibility, Robot Voice and Patriarch, Cooking and Cleaning

August 27th, 2020


The penultimate episode on The Years of Rice and Salt! (I just like saying "penultimate." You've got to seize the opportunity when it presents …

The Years of Rice and Salt 8: "War of the Asuras," War, Necropolitics, Hope, Repetition

August 17th, 2020


Shout out to our great listeners, especially when they email us, and when they email us, their emails are always thoughtful and stimulating, and …

The Years of Rice and Salt 7: "The Age of Great Progress," Charisma, Air, and Empire (and Cats)

August 6th, 2020


In this week's cat-heavy episode, we examine the Kerala's global anticolonial revolutionary empire. We ask lots of questions: are novels the original …

The Years of Rice and Salt 6: "Widow Kang," the Fantastic, the Novel, Footbinding, Footnotes, Revelation, Recognition, Rice, Salt

July 23rd, 2020


Book 6 of The Years of Rice and Salt is like a novel within the novel, depicting the intertwined lives of two brilliant figures in Robinson's alternate history: Kang Tongbi and Ibrahim ibn Hasam. Living in the late …

The Years of Rice and Salt 5: "Warp and Weft," Historicity, Futurity, Indigeneity, and Esports

July 14th, 2020


"Warp and Weft" is one of the shorter of the books of The Years of Rice and Salt, taking place on Turtle Island/ Yingzhou nee North America, among the Hodenosaunee, a word Matt and Hilary definitely know how to …

The Years of Rice and Salt 4: "The Alchemist," Discovery, Cleanliness, Love, and Tubing

July 8th, 2020


We're pack, the science fiction literature podcast equivalent of tubing down a lazy river with a six-pack of beer!

This week we talk about Book 4 of The Years of Rice and Salt, "The Alchemist," where Khalid, Bahram, and …

The Years of Rice and Salt 3: "Ocean Continents," the Real World, and Abundance Without Surplus

June 24th, 2020


In this somewhat delayed episode we discuss Book Three of Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt, "Ocean Continents," in which a Chinese fleet accidentally discovers Yingzhou, which we know as the Americas. …

The Years of Rice and Salt 2: "The Haj [is] In The Heart," Puzzles, Knowledge, and What Happens in the World

June 15th, 2020


Warning: we will not be doing this book justice!

Email us at

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Leave us a voicemail …

The Years of Rice and Salt 1: "Awake to Emptiness," Provincializing Europe, History, Modernity, and Structures of Feeling

June 8th, 2020


Hello! We’re back. Sorry we’re late, but we’re back now, to discuss THE YEARS OF RICE AND SALT, book-by-book.

We recommend you read this book through once already if you’ve never read it before for its own pleasures. …

Aurora 7: "What Is This," Feeling, Ecopoesis, and In-N-Out Burger

May 7th, 2020


It's our season finale, where we bid a fond farewell to Freya, ship, and the cast of KSR's transcendent Aurora! We're experiencing some good ol' …

Aurora 6: "The Hard Problem," Love & Death, Meaning & Loneliness, Pepsi & Werner Herzog

April 21st, 2020


Pepsi Matt McDonald’s and Home Depot Hilary coming at you at the beginning of the after of the beforetimes, Phase 2 in full effect!

The Hard Problem …

Aurora 5: “Homesick,” Time, Abundance, Living Systems, Ideology, and Sourdough

April 14th, 2020


In this episode, for the first 25 minutes or so we commiserate about corona quarantine and talk about how we feel upset. Matt and Hilary talk cooking and share their misadventures in sourdough, a profoundly alien yet …

Aurora 4: "Reversion to the Mean," Parenthood, Sovereignty, Hobbes, Kropotkin, and Lasagna

March 30th, 2020


Lots of big and new thoughts in this one, where we discuss ship's sovereignty, the fantasy bribe of the future, constituting our selves politically …

Aurora 3: "In the Wind," Planets, Aliens, and V's

March 25th, 2020


In this episode, we try to avoid talking about the corona virus as much as possible. After the first ten minutes or so, anyway.

We do talk about a lot of things! Many, many things, in fact, almost all of them concerning …

Aurora 2: "Land Ho," Narrative Theory, Self-Reflexivity, and CORONAVIRUS

March 13th, 2020


Special coronavirus edition!

"Land Ho," we can all agree, is a true masterpiece. There's far too much to talk about in this breathtaking chapter, and Matt and Hilary do the best they can but still manage to only scratch …

No-rora: The Wandering Earth, the Martian Time-Slip, and the Devil (Matt)

February 28th, 2020


A very special episode of Marooned on Mars with Matt and a Beer finds Matt by himself talking at you through a microphone. If you like Hilary and you don't like Matt, skip this episode! If you don't like Matt and you …

Aurora 1: Starship Girl, Freedom, Scale, Ghosts, and These Kids Tomorrow

February 16th, 2020


Aurora kicks off in typically Robinsonian fashion, with a near disaster at sea...on a spaceship!

Matt and Hilary talk about names and narratives, …

Aurora Zero: Science Fiction, Utopia, Socialism, and Bernie MFing Sanders

February 13th, 2020


Hello! Matt and Hilary are back with a preview episode of the next season of Marooned! On [Fill in the Blank]. This season we’ll be discussing KSR’s brilliant Aurora.

In this preliminary episode we re-introduce …

The Martians 30-31: A Meditative Something-or-Other and Equilibrium Punctuation

December 26th, 2019


Hello listeners and goodbye Mars! With this episode we leave KSR's Mars behind, as we conclude The Martians, the "apocrypha" of the Mars Trilogy. 

[SPOILER ALERT: Our next venture will be KSR's Aurora, and will get …

The Martians 25-29: Brotherhood, Love, Naming, Writing, Cats

December 5th, 2019


It’s Hello! Marooned on Mars with Matt and Hilary. We're turning 50!

Hilary is in stereo, I think, and Matt seems to be in mono? This may explain some differences in our levels. Anyway. Recording via the internet …

The Martians 22-24: Whale Chimps, Rakes, and Fate

November 9th, 2019


We're back...again!

We continue our discussion of The Martians, the stories "Sexual Dimorphism," "Enough is as Good as a Feast," and "What Matters."

These are three amazing stories, deeply personal, comic and touching, …

The Martians 15-21: Perspective, Words, Surfing, and Science

October 12th, 2019


Again we have some technical issues, which we’ve done our best to ameliorate in post-production. For the first hour and twenty minutes or so Matt might sound not-great. Thank you for bearing with us!

We talk about …

The Martians 11-14: Baseball, Myths, Laws, and Trees

September 27th, 2019


DO NOT ADJUST YOUR PODCAST PLAYER. We're using a new recording scheme, so at one point, Hilary sounds like a scary robot. But we're powering through!

This week, we talk about "Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to …

The Martians 10: "Green Mars," Romanticism, Existentialism, and the Four Pips

September 16th, 2019


We rejoin Roger Clayborne (no relation to Ann) and Eileen Monday as they're reunited for a climb up Olympus Mons, the tallest mountain in the solar …

The Martians 8-9: Coyote and Michel, Condemned to Freedom

September 7th, 2019


Hi! We’re still figuring out how best to handle our new remote recording and figuring out sound levels, etc., so if Matt is too loud and Hilary is too quiet—sorry! This is low-effort, low-tech, labor-of-love stuff. We …

The Martians 5-7: Uneventfulness, Gray Paint Patch Lichen, and Balderdash

August 28th, 2019


Matt has overcome his rural inertia long enough to finally put out this episode! Hooray! 

This is the first episode that Matt and Hilary have …

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!

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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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