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Horton, Rich

Entry updated 31 January 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor.

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(1959-    ) US software engineer working in the aerospace industry; columnist, reviewer and editor from the late 1990s, when he contributed reviews of short fiction to Tangent Online. In February 2002 he began a monthly review column in Locus – "Locus Looks at Short Fiction" – also specializing in stories gleaned from magazines and anthologies. In 2022 he announced that, after 20 years, this column would be retired; but that he would continue to write the occasional review for Locus, and would also be continuing his various anthology series as below.

In 2006 he edited the first in two separate series of Best of the Year Anthologies, starting with Fantasy: The Best of the Year: 2006 Edition (anth 2006) and Science Fiction: The Best of the Year: 2006 Edition (anth 2006). These each ran for three years, merging into a single series with The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2009 (anth 2010). This series still continues, as does his editing work on theme anthologies [see Checklist below]. A frequently cited ghost title is «Space Opera» (anth 2007), whose proposed contents list was widely circulated but which remains unpublished; the likewise Space Opera-themed Space Opera (2014) has different contents. [RR]

Richard R Horton

born Naperville, Illinois: 5 October 1959

works as editor

Fantasy: The Best of the Year

Science Fiction: The Best of the Year

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy

individual titles as editor

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