The Sands of Mars
Arthur C. ClarkeThis story was written in 1951, and it hasn’t aged terribly well. There’s the fascination with atomic science; the casting of Mars colonists as brave and intrepid pioneers; the rationality and cleverness of it all. When (spoiler alert) they discover Martians, the main character makes quick work of handing it over for scientific experimentation. They soon put the new species to work to benefit the colonial society. There’s a naïve optimism running throughout this book that shares none of the darkness or doubt of Clarke’s more famous work, 2001: A Space Odyssey.