The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury An ingenious collection of short stories about what might happen in the future when Earth is on the verge of completely destroying itself via atomic war. Expeditions are made to Mars to study and explore the strange planet and determine whether or not mankind would be able to survive and settle there. Some chapters/stories are from Martians' perspectives while others are from various human beings. Both species are portrayed with amazing ranges of humanity and emotion. Bradbury's language and imagery are absolutely beautiful and almost poetic. This was originally published in 1950, but the circumstances he describes still seem completely plausible even today. Perhaps we will be traveling to Mars in a hundred years or so. Even if you don't like science fiction I'd still suggest at least reading my two favorite stories: "Usher II" (if you like Edgar Allen Poe you're sure to love that one) and "There Will Come Soft Rains." They'll blow your mind.