If you care about science fiction and fantasy, this @nkjemisin speech at #cont9 is compulsory:http://nkjemisin.com/2013/06/continuum-goh-speech/
So, If Scott Westerfeld says to read something I do. I went to N. K. Jemisin's blog and read the Guest of Honor speech she made at the Continuum Con going on right now in Melbourne, Australia. I agree with Scott. Everybody involved in SFF -- readers, writers, fan, con-go-ers, should read this (and people who like complex, challenging, and beautifully written fantasy should read her books). It relates to the posting earlier this week about what Ann Aguirre was talking about in her blog.