RICH HORTON, Contributing Editor, is a software engineer living in Webster Groves, Missouri. He was born in Naperville, Illinois, and received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois in 1981. He has been working for the same large aerospace concern in St. Louis for over 20 years. He has been reading science fiction since the Golden Age (i.e since he was 12). His reviews and essays have appeared in many publications, including Antipodes, Black Gate, Argentus, SF Site, Locus (and Locus Online), 3SF, Lost Pages, Strange Horizons, and Tangent. Since 2006 he has edited two annual anthologies, Science Fiction: The Best of the Year and Fantasy: The Best of the Year, for Prime Books.