thesmallmachine won a Lammy! June 4, 2019 3:39 AM   Subscribe

thesmallmachine has just won the 2019 LGBTQ SF/F/Horror Lambda Literary Award for his amazing book, The Breath of the Sun. Congratulations!
posted by kyrademon to MetaFilter-Related at 3:39 AM (41 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

Yaaaaay! Congratulations!
posted by Literaryhero at 4:23 AM on June 4

posted by Fizz at 5:15 AM on June 4

posted by needlegrrl at 5:21 AM on June 4

Personally, I first found out about The Breath of the Sun via last year's AskMe post, How to promote a debut fantasy novel?

I must note, however, that not a single person came up with the answer "win a prestigious literary award" as a possible method.
posted by kyrademon at 5:26 AM on June 4 [20 favorites]

Haha! It's true, "win a Lambda" was the true Best Answer all along. Thank you so much for posting this; MeFi has been my home for so long, and I never thought I'd come out with my real identity here (as I did in that thread), but I'm so glad I did.

Also, for what it's worth, transitioning and changing my name after the book came out turned out not to be a big deal. If I'd changed my book's name, now, that might've gotten weird.
posted by thesmallmachine at 5:49 AM on June 4 [24 favorites]

Today I am Mefi's Own thesmallmachine.
posted by thesmallmachine at 5:50 AM on June 4 [45 favorites]

That book is by a mefite?!!???!!! That's so great! I just started it after reading the glowing review in Strange Horizons. Hooray, congratulations!

I attend a long-running GLBTQ science fiction book group and I'll definitely suggest this one when we're setting up our next tranche of readings.
posted by Frowner at 6:16 AM on June 4 [3 favorites]

posted by lazuli at 6:27 AM on June 4

WOW! Congratulations, that's amazing.
posted by rue72 at 6:39 AM on June 4

Terrific news--congratulations!
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:50 AM on June 4

Woooo! Congrats!!!
posted by lazaruslong at 7:06 AM on June 4

posted by theora55 at 7:09 AM on June 4

That's amazing!
posted by Kwine at 7:25 AM on June 4

Congratulations! Another book placed on my read it soon list.
posted by nubs at 7:54 AM on June 4

posted by dinty_moore at 8:06 AM on June 4

Added to the list!
posted by inire at 8:11 AM on June 4

Huge congratulations!
posted by ellieBOA at 9:17 AM on June 4

Wow, that is amazing! Congrats!!
posted by Fig at 9:26 AM on June 4

Today I am Mefi's Own thesmallmachine.

YOU TOTALLY ARE! I just added The Breath of the Sun to my Books To Read spreadsheet, and I put you in as "MeFi's own".

kyrademon, thank you so much for posting this - I'm not sure I would have been aware of the book otherwise, and now I'm really looking forward to reading it - and I have a friend to recommend it to, as well.

This is such great news!

CONGRATULATIONS, thesmallmachine!
posted by kristi at 9:33 AM on June 4 [1 favorite]

Congratulations! Awesome news.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 10:26 AM on June 4

Oh fantastic, congratulations!

I'm adding the book to my list of things to read in the near future!
posted by bile and syntax at 10:27 AM on June 4

Mazel tov!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:57 AM on June 4

Woohoo! That's fantastic. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
posted by yankeefog at 1:16 PM on June 4

Well done!
posted by some loser at 2:18 PM on June 4

Congratulations!! Like so many others here, I've added this to my TBR list.
posted by okayokayigive at 5:22 PM on June 4

Congratulations! I sent a request to my library to get the book. I'll probably buy it myself in the meantime, though.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 9:02 PM on June 4

As a librarian, I heartily approve of the book being in more libraries!
posted by thesmallmachine at 11:10 PM on June 4 [1 favorite]

Well done! Breath of the Sun is an amazing book and deserves the win. The AskMe post is weird to look at now as even when I read it I was wondering at the surprising lack of attention something so subtle and well-written was receiving, so it's good to see not just this recognition but also a number of fairly high-profile glowing reviews!
posted by ocular shenanigans at 1:35 AM on June 5 [1 favorite]

Hurray thesmallmachine!

I was reading over the description LAMBDA award winners yesterday and thought that The Breath of the Sun was a book that I really should check out. Knowing it's by MeFi's Own thesmallmachine give me extra impetus.
posted by Kattullus at 3:41 AM on June 5

Yes, Bogi’s review and Strange Horizons came later; it just took a while for review momentum to arrive!
posted by thesmallmachine at 8:00 AM on June 5

Today I am Mefi's Own thesmallmachine.

Aw. You've always been, now you just have the commemorative plaque. Congrats, this is so cool.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:07 AM on June 5 [2 favorites]

I also picked up your book after reading the AskMe and it was a very interesting read. Congratulations on the award!
posted by nolnacs at 10:33 AM on June 5 [1 favorite]

Congratulations! That’s awesome!
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:44 PM on June 5

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posted by mixedmetaphors at 6:13 PM on June 5

Congrats! The Amazon reviews are extremely positive as well. Added to the list.
posted by Harald74 at 5:19 AM on June 6

Reading it now after I saw this thread. Congratulations!
posted by cass at 9:34 AM on June 7

Y’all are lovely! Thanks to everyone who read it!
posted by thesmallmachine at 10:35 PM on June 7 [2 favorites]

posted by epj at 2:11 PM on June 11

That's so exciting! Congratulations! :)
posted by mordax at 1:38 PM on June 12

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