The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

This is more a collection of connected short stories than one solid plot line.  Bradbury’s creation of a Martian people and life on Mars borders on poetic, but I find that I was moved more by the vast and overwhelming setting of the other Mars colonization novel I read recently: Red Mars. It’s hard to compare Bradbury to more modern works, since his writing was done decades before when knowledge of Mars and space as a whole was more limited, but I wanted to get more from the setting, as the short story set-up makes the planet the connecting factor rather than the people or plot. That said, it is an innovative and important early sci-fi novel that I would recommend to any sci-fi fan interested in reading some classics.