Kelly McCullough over at Wyrdsmiths http://wyrdsmiths.blogspot.com/ is joining in calling out the new "Mammoth Book of Mindblowing Science Fiction" anthology for the lack of women writers and writers of color. Couldn't agree with him more.
A parallel discussion is going on in the world of YA where author Justine Larbalestier went public with her dismay over the cover that her US publisher, Bloomsbury, chose for her YA novel "Liar." The protagonist of the book is black, but the original cover showed a white girl. Now, thanks to outcry on the internet, Bloomsbury is reworking the jacket of the hardcover edition due out in October with new art featuring a black girl. The controversy has sparked a lot of discussion about whitewashing of covers and about racism in the marketing of YA books. (Brought to mind the whitewashing of Octavia Butler's covers in the world of scifi and fantasy publishing.) For more, check out discussion at Boing Boing http://www.boingboing.net/2009/07/23/race-and-book-covers.html and Publishers Weekly