Thomas M. Disch


Born
in Des Moines, Iowa, The United States
February 02, 1940

Died
July 04, 2008

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Poet and cynic, Thomas M. Disch brought to the sf of the New Wave a camp sensibility and a sardonicism that too much sf had lacked. His sf novels include Camp Concentration, with its colony of prisoners mutated into super-intelligence by the bacteria that will in due course kill them horribly, and On Wings of Song, in which many of the brightest and best have left their bodies for what may be genuine, or entirely illusory, astral flight and his hero has to survive until his lover comes back to him; both are stunningly original books and both are among sf's more accomplishedly bitter-sweet works.

In recent years, Disch had turned to ironically moralized horror novels like The Businessman, The MD, The Priest and The Sub in which the nightmare
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Average rating: 3.89 · 28,490 ratings · 1,957 reviews · 267 distinct worksSimilar authors
Camp Concentration

3.75 avg rating — 2,482 ratings — published 1967 — 25 editions
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The Genocides

3.68 avg rating — 1,184 ratings — published 1965 — 19 editions
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3.69 avg rating — 996 ratings — published 1972 — 14 editions
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On Wings of Song

3.78 avg rating — 934 ratings — published 1979 — 18 editions
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The Dreams Our Stuff is Mad...

3.77 avg rating — 467 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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The M.D.: A Horror Story

3.65 avg rating — 422 ratings — published 1989 — 11 editions
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The Brave Little Toaster

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4.08 avg rating — 306 ratings — published 1980 — 2 editions
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The Businessman

3.46 avg rating — 331 ratings — published 1984 — 10 editions
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The Prisoner

3.29 avg rating — 382 ratings — published 1969 — 19 editions
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The Priest

3.63 avg rating — 240 ratings — published 1994 — 11 editions
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“Genius is an infinite capacity for pain.”
Thomas M. Disch, Camp Concentration

“Laughter is just a slowed down scream of terror.”
Thomas Disch

“All children... feel a demonic sympathy with those things that cause disorder in the grown-up world.”
Thomas M. Disch, The Genocides

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