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A read-along podcast exploring the world(s) of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy. Two humanities scholars read and discuss Kim Stanley Robinson's novels, including (so far) Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars, The Martians, and Aurora.

Matt and Hilary are humanities professors. Matt teaches cinema and media studies wherever he can. Hilary is the Director of the MA Program in Humanities at the University of Chicago, where she also teaches English and gender studies.

Marooned! on Mars with Matt and Hilary Matt Hauske & Hilary Strang

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A read-along podcast exploring the world(s) of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy. Two humanities scholars read and discuss Kim Stanley Robinson's novels, including (so far) Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars, The Martians, and Aurora.

Matt and Hilary are humanities professors. Matt teaches cinema and media studies wherever he can. Hilary is the Director of the MA Program in Humanities at the University of Chicago, where she also teaches English and gender studies.

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

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

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

    Matt and Hilary talk about names and narratives, shitholes and Hobbits, and crisis ordinary.

    Email us at BongRipper420 and canvass, call, text, and vote for Bernie Sanders! (Do NOT vote for billionaires.)

    Matt's got an extra copy of Aurora, and if you want it and live anywhere from Augusta to Portland (Maine), hit us up.

    Email us at maroonedonmarspodcast@gmail.com
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    • 1h 29 min
    Aurora Zero: Science Fiction, Utopia, Socialism, and Bernie MFing Sanders

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

    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 ourselves and the premise of the show. We talk about what science fiction and utopia are, why we’re interested in them (and why you should be, too), and our approach to thinking about them.

    We also decide how many episodes you should expect. After consulting with your psychoanalysts, we resolve to read this chapter by chapter, so there will be 7 episodes after this, maybe an additional one after that.

    Stop at 40 minutes if you are only interested in science fiction and don’t want to hear Matt and Hilary rant about politics and vociferously endorse Bernie Sanders and enumerate his positive qualities and the glorious future his presidency will usher in, while simultaneously maintaining a healthy skepticism about electoralism and the State. We talk about knocking on doors, solidarity, making a new world, being here for each other, being a person. Hilary shares her experience canvassing for Bernie in Iowa, and next week Matt will share his experience of knocking doors in New Hampshire.

    I don’t know what’s up with the audio on this episode, why Matt sounds like he’s in a fishbowl for like 40 minutes or whatever, why his beard seems to have its own soundtrack, etc. I’m not an audio engineer. Just take what you can get.

    At one point Matt laughs so hard at Hilary uses the accurate appellation “Mayor Cheat” that he knocks his microphone out and disconnects the connection. Good stuff!

    Around 1:08:00 Matt starts talking about Maine politics so if you’re not interested in that or indulging his idle thoughts, just stop listening. But listen to the joker who represents Matt’s district in Congress.

    Other texts and thinkers we discuss in this episode include:

    Jose Munoz, Cruising Utopia https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781479874569

    Ernst Bloch, The Principle of Hope https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780262521994

    Darko Suvin, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction https://www.indiebound.org/book/9783034319485

    Fredric Jameson

    Encyclopedia of Science Fiction http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/

    World Without End https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049964/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_2

    Other generation ship novels:

    Molly Gloss, The Dazzle of Day https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781481498470

    Gene Wolfe, Book of the Long Sun https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=book+of+the+long+sun

    Stan’s essay Dystopias Now https://communemag.com/dystopias-now/

    Email us at maroonedonmarspodcast@gmail.com

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    • 1h 18 min
    The Martians 30-31: A Meditative Something-or-Other and Equilibrium Punctuation

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

    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 started mid-January to early-February. We suggest you get your copy now and read it through once before we start (if you, like Matt, haven't already read it), then read it again with us!]

    We leave Mars in a mood similar to that created by the ending of this collection, with a mixture of melancholy and relief. It's hard to leave these works behind, but we're looking forward to new adventures and a new book!

    Here we talk about the two final sections of The Martians, the collection of poems "If Wang Wei Lived on Mars" and the autobiographical "Purple Mars."

    Matt and Hilary find a lot to talk about regarding the form of poetry and what it demands and makes possible for us readers. We dive deep into poems including "Visiting," "After a Move" & "Canyon Color" & "Vastitas Borealis," "Six Thoughts on the Uses of Art,"  "Report on the First Recorded Case of Areophagy," and "The Red's Lament." These poems are thoughtful, sad, profound, hilarious, and, in a word, brilliant, resonating with the history of poetry from Dante to Wordsworth (and likely beyond). If you thought Stan was good at writing novels, dig his sci-fi poetry!

    Here the line between fiction and reality completely blurs, and the political themes of the Mars Trilogy give way to a much more personal constellation of concerns and expressions.

    There is a brief bout of unavoidable audio distortion at about 22 minutes (mitigated by a musical interlude) and a brief digression into film criticism somewhere around 1 hour 20 minutes.

    Then we share our favorite moments from "Purple Mars." Hilary appreciates the thoughtfully hilarious description of the absurdity of the writing process, and Matt wonders aloud why we never saw any of the Mars characters go poop. Try harder, Stan!

    We have had such a great time reading through this world with you and we hope you join us in 2020 as we bask in Aurora and beyond! Thank you for listening and supporting us!

    Email us at maroonedonmarspodcast@gmail.com

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    • 1h 37 min
    The Martians 25-29: Brotherhood, Love, Naming, Writing, Cats

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

    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 remains a challenge, for us, at least. If our dialogue sounds somewhat stilted, it’s because Matt is recording from an unspecified tube at some undisclosed location in the world. Hilary is, presumably, in Chicago.

    This time we enter the home stretch and talk about five entries in The Martians. This selection really has a sense of being late in the day, a mixture of regret and loss, but something to move on toward and look forward to.

    Coyote Remembers

    Our relationship with Coyote ends on a kind of sad/ melancholic note. We discuss the setting of this story, or what we can extrapolate as the setting and the “you” it addresses. Themes of loneliness, “brotherhood,” and relation are foregrounded here. Coyote remembers and accounts for the people he has lost. What does it mean to be done with something, when that something has been the whole world to you?

    Sax Moments

    Nietzschean aphorisms and paradoxical homilies and jokes, or the News from Lake Wobegon on Mars? Can it be both? The overall joke here seems to be just imagining Sax reading Nietzsche (and other philosophers) at all, and then getting frustrated with lateral or “non-scientific” thinking (as he might deem it). Sax living in the limits between epistemology, rationality, embodiment, and experience.

    The Names of the Canals

    Naming, life, and love. Scale.

    [Something happens with Hilary’s track here where there’s a lot of distortion {which actually gave Matt in the editing process evidence that may suggest a solution to other problems, but let’s leave that aside for now}. SORRY!]

    The Soundtrack

    We talk music! We talk strategies of music + writing (- writing avoidance). Matt blames his cats for all his problems. Again. Hilary plays music for her cats, who hate Philip Glass. So that tells you all you need to know about our two hosts!

    A Martian Romance

    The tension between melancholy and hope. When do stories end? Whose is the romance of the title? Climate crisis on Mars storyline and Roger + Eileen romance are both cashed out. Death and the future. Structures of feeling. Reading this in our current moment.

    Our podcast does not recognize holidays!

    Thanks for listening!

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    • 1h 18 min
    The Martians 22-24: Whale Chimps, Rakes, and Fate

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

    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, personal and meditative. It seems these entries just get better and better.

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    • 1h 13 min
    The Martians 15-21: Perspective, Words, Surfing, and Science

    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.

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

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

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

    1:11:00 — Big 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).

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

    1:49:00 — Odessa

    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.

    Thanks for listening!

    Email us at maroonedonmarspodcast@gmail.com

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    • 2 h

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