I also think I've fallen in love with the author N.K. Jemisin. Listen to part of her answer when asked on whether or not gender or race should be considered when compiling "best of" lists:
The problem that I see with a lot of these “best of” lists — and anthologies, and so on — is that many editors are quick to claim they’ve looked at a representative sample when they really haven’t. They haven’t stepped outside their comfort zone, so what they’re really presenting is just their favorites from within a biased sample set. And in a lot of cases, they don’t even realize they’re biased. Part of the problem is history. You say that we shouldn’t consider race or gender; I say that’s impossible, given that we live in a society that has been so shaped by racism and sexism (and other “isms”) over generations. We’re already thinking about race and gender, because we’ve been trained to think of whiteness and maleness as “neutral”, when they’re not. White is a race; male is a gender. Most of the time when people say they want to be “colorblind” and “gender-neutral,” what they really mean is that they want to be free to ignore PoC and women and focus on white men, without guilt. That’s not neutrality.Talk about major swoonage.
I'm not usually too interested in author interviews since they tend to be kind of boring, but this is the best interview I've ever read. Check it out here.
Update: Ha! My local library does have the book now and I just put it on hold. I'm totally doing my happy dance right now.