Last week my co-worker Eric Limer recommended The Martian, a book about an astronaut struggling to survive after being stranded on Mars. It's been way too long since I read a book about interplanetary exploration, and it's fantastic to be back.
The Martian isn't just great because of its compelling storyline — it's great because it deals so closely (and entertainingly!) with the chemistry, mechanical engineering, and botany involved with Mars exploration. And I'm raring for more. So I'm curious: What's the best space-focused novel you've ever read? Suggestions, comments, and criticisms welcome below.