In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in "The Mammoth Book of Best New Science Fiction" 23 the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre. This year's collection contains UTRIUSQUE COSMI, Robert Charles Wilson; A STORY, WITH BEANS, Steven Gould; UNDER THE SHOUTING SKY, Karl Bunker; EVENTS PRECEDING THE HELVETICAN RE NAISSANCE, John Kessel; USELESS THINGS, Maureen F. McHugh; BLACK SWAN, Bruce Sterling; CRIMES AND GLORY, Paul J. McAuley; SEVENTH FALL, Alexander Irvine; BUTTERFLY BOMB, Dominic Green; INFINITIES, Vandana Singh; THINGS UNDONE, John Barnes; ON THE HUMAN PLAN, Jay Lake; THE ISLAND, Peter Watts THE INTEGRITY OF THE CHAIN, Lavie Tidhar; LION WALK, Mary Rosenblum; ESCAPE TO OTHER WORLDS WITH SCIENCE FICTION, Jo Walton; THREE LEAVES OF ALOE, Rand B. Lee; MONGOOSE, Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette; PARADISO LOST, Albert E. Cowdrey; IT TAKES TWO, Nicola Griffith; BLOCKED, Geoff Ryman SOLACE, James Van Pelt; ACT ONE, Nancy Kress; TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, John C. Wright; BLOOD DAUBER, Ted Kosmatka and Michael Poore; THIS WIND BLOWING, AND THIS TIDE, Damien Broderick; HAIR, Adam Roberts; BEFORE MY LAST BREATH, Robert Reed; ONE OF OUR BASTARDS IS MISSING, Paul Cornell; EDISON S FRANKENSTEIN, Chris Roberson; EROSION, Ian Creasey VISHNU AT THE CAT CIRCUS, Ian McDonald. Previous praise for Gardner Dozois: 'Dozois' definitive must-read short story anthology takes the pulse of science fiction today' - "Publishers Weekly". 'For more than a quarter century, Gardner Dozois' "The Mammoth Book of Best New SF" has defined the field. It is the most important anthology, not only annually, but overall' - Charles N. Brown, publisher of "Locus Magazine".