Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles (New York: Avon, 2011).
Originally published in 1950, The Martian Chronicles is another of those classics that I have known about but never taken the time to read. This is a true piece of literary art—poetry. The core story is of the colonization of Mars. It doesn’t sound very poetic, but trust me. Even if you’re not a science fiction fan, you will find something in these stories that moves you. The book is written as a series of vignettes in chronological order, starting with the original martians, the arrival of the first humans, the colonization process, all the way to the ending that I will not spoil. I loved everything about this book. I loved the variety, the humanity, the different ways he plays with the “other.” I highly recommend this book to anybody who enjoys good literature, whether or not you like science fiction.