Thomas M. Disch

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: 3.88 · 23,527 ratings · 1,638 reviews · 249 distinct worksSimilar authors
Camp Concentration

3.77 avg rating — 2,229 ratings — published 1967 — 25 editions
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The Genocides

3.69 avg rating — 989 ratings — published 1965 — 17 editions
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3.69 avg rating — 895 ratings — published 1972 — 14 editions
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On Wings of Song

3.76 avg rating — 797 ratings — published 1979 — 15 editions
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The Dreams Our Stuff is Mad...

3.76 avg rating — 433 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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The M.D.: A Horror Story

3.64 avg rating — 387 ratings — published 1989 — 11 editions
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The Brave Little Toaster

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4.12 avg rating — 261 ratings — published 1986 — 2 editions
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The Businessman

3.46 avg rating — 296 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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The Prisoner

3.29 avg rating — 333 ratings — published 1969 — 18 editions
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The Priest

3.63 avg rating — 211 ratings — published 1994 — 5 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 M. 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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