Thomas M. Disch


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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: 3.9 · 29,853 ratings · 2,104 reviews · 279 distinct worksSimilar authors
Camp Concentration

3.74 avg rating — 2,601 ratings — published 1967
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The Genocides

3.68 avg rating — 1,252 ratings — published 1965 — 20 editions
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3.67 avg rating — 1,030 ratings — published 1972
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On Wings of Song

3.78 avg rating — 969 ratings — published 1979 — 18 editions
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The Dreams Our Stuff is Mad...

3.78 avg rating — 483 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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The Brave Little Toaster

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4.08 avg rating — 320 ratings — published 1980 — 2 editions
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The M.D.: A Horror Story

3.64 avg rating — 437 ratings — published 1989 — 11 editions
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The Businessman

3.43 avg rating — 347 ratings — published 1984 — 10 editions
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The Prisoner

3.27 avg rating — 409 ratings — published 1969 — 20 editions
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The Priest

3.64 avg rating — 253 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

“It considered trying to explain their error to them, but what would be the use? They would only go away with hurt feelings. You can't always expect people, or squirrels, to be rational.”
Thomas M. Disch, The Brave Little Toaster

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