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Marooned! on Mars with Matt and Hilary

116 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

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

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 Bernie Sanders for a bit and wish him well, self-identifying as proud identity cultists, hopefully not alienating some of our listeners.

For your convenience, here are some pointers to when we start talking about which stories in this extra-long episode of Marooned on Mars!

12:30 — We finally start talking about something else besides the world sucking, namely, The Martians by Kim Stanley Robinson.
Start by going back a bit to the Michel in Provence chapter.

22:30Jackie on Zo
Extremely touching story about Jackie’s relationship to her daughter, with a very sad ending.

43:00Keeping the Flame (Nirgal)
Comparing Hiroko and Phyllis, their legacies, cults or practices of remembrance around them.

1:04:00Saving Noctis Dam
Pseudo-Nadia story about saving a town from a hurricane with plywood - work done under conditions of necessity. Who is Stephan??

1:11:00Big Man in Love
Matt’s version of the story: “Big Man grows a penis like an Impossible burger so he can have sex with a kelp lady.”

Listener Michael drew a comparison to Ursula Le Guin’s Always Coming Home

1:20:00 – Distortion break: Matt’s end becomes much more listenable

Discussion of increasing slippage between folktale and science and fact slides into discussion of language and words in…

An Argument for the Deployment of All Safe Terraforming Technologies
Experience of the body is an argument that can’t be rendered in words—the rhetoric of the ineffable.
Temporal change, experience of time, temporality of riding a wave. Robinson’s “knots in time” connect to Wordsworth’s “spots in time”? Matt is looking for the terms Erfahrung and Erlebnis (he thinks…he’s probably wrong).

1:41:00Selected Abstracts from The Journal of Aerological Studies


We end with an agricultural update, especially regarding turnips and turnip greens, as well as a plug for an upcoming podcast spinoff project about the Alien franchise of movies that you can look for in a few months.

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