Why did I love this book?
Nominally science fiction, this collection of stories does revolve around the human colonization of the planet Mars, but science is not very important in these stories. There are rockets, but we don’t learn much about them: they’re not what the stories are about. There are Martians, but they’re more like the Fair Folk of old European legends, beautiful and dangerous, than they are like traditional ETs. These Martians are very real, but they’re also metaphors, presented in each story according to what Bradbury wants the story to do. In fact, I would say this wonderful collection influenced my fantasy writing more than my SF writing. I still go back to it and find new things to admire.