Episode 139: The Road To Utopia Plain by Rick Kennett

Utopia Plain

In this sequel to “The Battle of Leila the Dog,” everybody’s favorite Gartino, Cy De Gerch, returns home to Mars after nearly losing her life and her ship. But Mars is not the home she remembers . . . and her life there is not quite her own.

Afterward, Big and Rish talk about second chances and parallel timelines. With lots of irritating musical references. Be warned.

Special thanks to Renee Chambliss for producing today’s story and to Starla Huchton, Dave Robison, and Renee Chambliss for lending their voices to the tale.

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Related Links:

Rick Kennett’s Site
Renee Chambliss’s Site
Renee Chambliss’s Site
Starla Huchton’s Site
Dave Robison’s Roundtable Podcast
The Battle Of Leila The Dog
Time Travel Wine Story on Escape Pod
For Wendy
Photo by Tayrtahn
Music was Tranches de vie by Bruno Sauty, La Colere Des Partisans, and Aurores Boreales by Jean-Pierre Saussac, and Omnipresence by Dereleech.
Some sound effects are courtesy of the Freesound Project.
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8 Responses to “Episode 139: The Road To Utopia Plain by Rick Kennett”

  1. On another occasion when the story featured a same-sex couple, you had a warning up front. I’m glad you no longer feel a need for that.

    And a strong story this is, very well produced, too.

    thank you,

    • Yeah, that’s another potential subject of conversation we forgot to bring up. Guess there was just too much singing.

      When we ran “Aldo,” we anticipated some amount of negative reaction, but it didn’t really happen. This story did have two girls in a romantic relationship, but the story wasn’t really about that, you know? The tale would be no different if it had been a girl and a boy, or two boys, or two construction robots and a riding crop.

      It was just a detail that we didn’t know about Cy, though Rick did bring it up when we bought the first story from him. My guess is, in the future, that’s going to just be an aspect of a person, not THE defining characteristic of the person. Kind of like being a black guy or a woman or–gasp!–someone with red hair is getting to be today.

      We’ll see.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Hey that cover photo is from EVE Online!

    • Apparently so. Though I had no idea. I just grabbed it from someone’s Flickr site and added in Mars.

      Thanks for mentioning that, because I forgot to put in the photo credit.

  3. Heyyy… I just NOW finally listened to this episode. All I can say is WOW! What a very emotionally charged and very strong story! <3'ed it! Really do love Miss Chambliss' voice in this episode. :) Thank you, guys! :D

  4. [Spoilers] I’m curious if anyone else had a slight “it was all a dream” slump at the end – not as bad as with some stories, but still a residual sense of “nothing really changed” when everything reset. (Actually, usually someone gets to remember the *dream* with those “it was all a dream” scenarios, so maybe this is a bit different from that.)

    I also spent a bit of the story mentally yelling at Cy to *tell her partner what she’s experiencing, instead of wasting everyone’s time guessing* – but that might just be me.

    All in all, though, a really interesting story, and a terrific production – thanks, guys. :)

    • Thanks for commenting, Simon!

      You know, you’ve got a point there, in that it’s almost an imaginary story, from an ending perspective. That didn’t bother me, and it didn’t occur to me until you brought it up. I just liked the glimpse into a parallel reality so much (and more specifically, the reunion with a dead love interest), that I didn’t think about the lack of consequences.

      I am reminded of my favorite episode of the TV series “Angel,” which I believe was called “I Will Remember You” (though I may be mistaken). Angel gets the chance to magically give up his immortality and live a happily ever after with Buffy, and we get to see those two blissfully together for, uh, the only time I can think of in both series, but in the end, to save the world, Angel has to go back and undo that decision. Hence, the world is saved, but he and Buffy are never happily ever after, and, if I recall, there’s no memory that they ever were. I absolutely loved this have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too episode, but I know at least one person who thought it was not only a cop-out, but an affront to feminism everywhere.

      So, to each their own.

      As far as the other question you bring up: I guess there aren’t enough podcast hours in the day to cover every aspect of a story. That’s what the forums are for, I suppose. There are a couple of reasons Cy might not have told Jos the truth about her situation, but my gut tells me the biggest reason is that, if it was a dream and she told her what was up, the dream might have ended. A sappy supposition, I know, but that’s what my gut says.

      • I’m more of the opinion that Jos wouldn’t have believed her if Cy had told her she’d come from an alternative reality. And if she had believed her Jos might’ve treated Cy as someone alien. This is why Cy said, “No, you did the right thing. One day I’ll tell you how I know, but right now isn’t the time.” It was too soon to dump such a large truth on Jos. Cy was leaving it for later, but she didn’t realize how little ‘later’ she had left with Jos.

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