Book Description: The best short form science fiction of 2003, selected by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, two of the most respected editors in the field. The short story is one of the most vibrant and exciting areas in science fiction today. It is where the hot new authors emerge and where the beloved giants of the field continue to publish. Now, building on the success of the first eight volumes, Eos will once again present a collection of the best stories of the year in mass market. Here, fathered by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, two of the most respected editors in the field, are stories with visions of tomorrow and yesterday, of the strange and the familiar, of the unknown and the unknowable. With stories from some of the best and brightest writers in science fiction, "YEAR' S BEST SF 9" is an indispensable guide for every science fiction fan. This anthology will feature some of the biggest, most popular names in SF today. These stories have only been published previously in magazines. This is their first appearance in book form.