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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The Roaches (1965)
Come to Venus Melancholy (1965)
Linda and Daniel and Spike (1967)
Flight Useless, Inexorable the Pursuit (1968)
Descending (1964)
Nada (1964)
Now Is Forever (1964)
The Contest (1967)
The Empty Room (1967)
The Squirrel Cage (1966)
The Number You Have Reached (1967)
1-A (1968)
Fun with Your New Head (1966)
The City of Penetrating Light (1968)
Moondust, the
Paperback, #T4913, 176 pages
Published February 1972 by Signet/New American Library (first published 1968)
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Glenn Russell
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of the tops within the world of new wave American science fiction, American author Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008) published many works of fiction and non-fiction, including nearly two dozen novels and eight collections of short stories. An incredible imagination – a writer worth anybody’s time. If you are new to Disch, this collection of seventeen short stories is an excellent place to begin. To provide a modest glimpse of the author's inventiveness, I offer the following commentary on two of
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
The year is 1964...

J.G.Ballard: Say, Tom, me lad! Hold up there! And what is it you're working on?
Thomas Disch: Oh, just a thing. A little story about economic collapse in the future, the 1990's, and roving bands of anarchic teenagers. Tossed in a cuckolded cloned banker who is repeating existence on an infinite loop. Called "Now is Forever." Hey, where you going?
J.G.Ballard: Tea! Yes, rather. Tea.

The year is 1966...
Philip K. Dick: Hey, Tom. Man. Pull up a chair. Want some...some dope? Okay.
Graham P
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the scope of the SF New Wave, Disch's work had a more absurdist, humanistic slant than most of his peers, and while some of his stories are playful, many of them contain a dark core, exposing the frailties of the poor and the insane, the maligned and the forgotten. The work in this early collection strays off into such themes, while not so much rooted in SF as it is in the horror genre. The most memorable stories in the collection:

'The Roaches' - living in New York City can be quite awful
Lauren Stoolfire
This short, 216 page, sci-fi anthology from Thomas M. Disch features 17 short stories. They are all odd in interesting and unexpected ways. My favorites include The Roaches, Linda and Daniel and Spike, The Squirrel Cage, 1-A, and Fun With Your New Head. Of them, I really wanted to know more about the world of the title story which is presented as a quick three page commercial for a funny product that's good for all ages called a HEAD. While I was reading this collection, I couldn't help but ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Excellent short story collection from the great Thomas Disch. The star is Descending... a simple but very powerful morality play, perfectly executed. Suppose you weren't paying attention when taking the down escalator at a department store, and suddenly realized that you were way lower than the basement? And that there was no up escalator in sight?
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The late, great, Thomas Disch was probably the oddest SF author I ever knew. He didn't LOOK like an author, but more like the leader of a Hell's Angels biker gang. And yes, he was a biker. But the man did two things that really made you stop and say, "WTF?"

He wrote damned good SF stories...

And some of the most sensitive poetry I've ever heard.

This was a collection of short stories he'd written. They are funny, but with a dark twist to them. One is a story about why you should never EVER get on
Shawn Scarber Deggans
This collection is nothing near the quality of Camp Concentration, but does show some of the budding promise of this New Wave speculative writer. Overall, none of the stories in this collection really stand out in comparison to today's speculative fiction envelope pushers, but for their time the stories were likely a little more edgy. At least Disch manages to deal with more inner-space than outer-space, exploring the psychological aspects of speculative fiction more than the technobable popular ...more
Scott Golden
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strong collection of science fiction/fantasy/horror stories from a writer that deserves more recognition than he received during his lifetime [especially from the Disney Corporation]. Many of the stories here involve solitary figures struggling against overwhelming odds in a moment of personal crisis; unlike so much of popular fiction, these protagonists do not win, and the focus instead is upon how they handle their defeat -- or, as the case may be, their impending doom. It's tough ...more
Disch is terrific short story writer. Sometimes these are close to the macabre parables and tales of Poe and Kafka and other times are strangely poetic sui generis sci fi. There is a bit of reliance on trick endings but the craft is so good I wasn’t bothered.

Anna Prejanò
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Le Teste sono così divertenti! Ascoltate la Testa senza corpo parlare di Libertà, Morte, Bellezza e Dio padre. Fate innamorare la Testa di voi."
Per fortuna ci sono libri come questo che non ho ancora letto. Spero siano tantissimi.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I guess I'm not mad enough to 'get' these weird stories. I am pretty sure that I'm glad of that, given how disturbed I was by the bits that I did understand. The one I did appreciate is "Moondust, the Smell of Hay, and Dialectical Materialism." I do think that if you like the more bizarre PKD and New Wave SF you'll like this collection, but I def. won't go so far as to recommend it.
David Meditationseed
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super Cool! (Fun with Your New Head - 1966)

A short and subtle tale that blends consumer society and the most precious commodity we have: our brain, our mind.

Reading is fast, language is easy and there are only few lines. But it's funny and deep.
Elise Rogers
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Le Teste sono così divertenti! Ascoltate la Testa senza corpo parlare di Libertà, Morte, Bellezza e Dio padre. Fate innamorare la Testa di voi."
Per fortuna ci sono libri come questo che non ho ancora letto. Spero siano tantissimi.
Ernest Hogan
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Early stories from a great writer. Highly recommended.
Aug 07, 2008 rated it liked it
I read this as a kid, it was my mom's. There was one story in particular that has stuck with me all these years (probably close to 30!!!) and for that this remains one of my favorite story collections, essentially for one story.
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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 ...more