As Earth’s population grows and its resources dwindle, some have begun discussing the notion of relocating to our planetary neighbour, Mars. But what might an alien colony look like – and who might guide its aims? John Butler’s song cycle and animated accompanying film tells of a liberationist society which may prove not to have learned from its forebears’ mistakes. Unnervingly lifelike AI voices perform songs that are, by contrast, not at all realist, hinting at what everyday life might be like on the beige planet.