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Thomas M Disch

(Thomas Michael Disch)
USA (1940 - 2008)

aka Thom Demijohn, Leonie Hargrave, Victor Hastings, Cassandra Knye

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 of American suburbia is satirized through the terrible things that happen when the magical gives people the chance to do what they really really want. Perhaps Thomas M. Disch's best known work, though, is The Brave Little Toaster, a reworking of the Brothers Grimm's "Town Musicians of Bremen" featuring wornout domestic appliances -- what was written as a satire on sentimentality became a successful children's animated musical.

Thomas M. Disch died on July 4, 2008.
 
Novels
The Genocides (1965)
The House That Fear Built (1966) (with Cassandra Knye (Thomas M Disch))
The Puppies of Terra (1966)
     aka Mankind Under the Leash
Echo Round His Bones (1967)
Black Alice (1968) (with Thom Demijohn (Thomas M Disch))
Camp Concentration (1968)
Alfred the Great (1969) (with Victor Hastings (Thomas M Disch))
334 (1972)
Clara Reeve (1975) (with Leonie Hargrave (Thomas M Disch))
On Wings of Song (1979)
Neighboring Lives (1981) (with Charles Naylor)
     aka Neighbouring Lives
The Silver Pillow: A Tale of Witchcraft (1988)
The Proteus Sails Again (2008)
The GenocidesThe House That Fear BuiltThe Puppies of TerraEcho Round His Bones
Black AliceCamp ConcentrationAlfred the Great334
Clara ReeveOn Wings of SongNeighboring LivesThe Silver Pillow: A Tale of Witchcraft
The Proteus Sails Again
 
Collections
One Hundred and Two H-Bombs: And Other Science Fiction StoriesUnder CompulsionHighway SandwichesThe Right Way to Figure Plumbing
Getting into Death: The Best Short Stories of Thomas M DischThe Early Science Fiction Stories of Thomas M DischTriplicityFundamental Disch
Burn ThisThe Man Who Had No IdeaOrders of the RetinaHere I Am, There You Are, Where Were We
The Tale of Dan de LionYes, Let's: New and Selected PoemsDark Verses and LightA Child's Garden of Grammar
About the Size of ItThe Wall of America
 
Chapbooks
Ringtime: A StoryTorturing Mr Amberwell
 
Novellas
The Voyage of the Proteus: An Eyewitness Account of the End of the World
 
Series contributed to
Prisoner
1. The Prisoner (1969)
     aka I Am Not a Number!
The Prisoner Omnibus (omnibus) (2002) (with David McDaniel and Hank Stine)
The PrisonerThe Prisoner Omnibus
 
Anthologies edited
The Ruins of Earth: An Anthology of Stories of the Immediate FutureBad Moon Rising: An Anthology of Political ForbodingThe New Improved Sun: An Anthology of Utopian S-FNew Constellations: An Anthology of Tomorrow's Mythologies
Strangeness: A Collection of Curious Tales
 
Non fiction
The Castle of Indolence: On Poetry, Poets, and PoetastersThe Dreams Our Stuff Is Made of: How Science Fiction Conquered the WorldThe Castle of Perseverance: Job Opportunities in Contemporary PoetryDisch On Sci-fi
The Word of God: Or, Holy Writ Rewritten
 
Anthologies containing stories by Thomas M Disch
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 14th SeriesNew Writings in SF 10xNew Worlds of FantasyWorld's Best Science Fiction 1968
Again Dangerous Visions Book 2Modern Science FictionImmortalAnticipations
The Best Science Fiction of the Year 8After the FallThe Giant Book of Horror StoriesFantasy Annual IV
A Treasury of Modern FantasyFantasy Annual VThe Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to ForeverThe Best Science Fiction of the Year 12
Top FantasyAfterlivesFull SpectrumThe Year's Best Fantasy Second Annual Collection
Amazing Stories: The AnthologyI Shudder at Your TouchThe Oxford Book of Science Fiction StoriesOmni Best Science Fiction Three
Aliens and UFO's: Extraterrestrial Tales from Asimov's Science Fiction and Analog Science Fiction and FactThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Seventh Annual CollectionWorlds of FearThe Best of Interzone
The Flying Sorcerers999: Twenty-nin Original Tales of Horror and SuspenseTechnohorror: Tales of Terror, Suspense, and IntrigueIsaac Asimov's Father's Day
 
Short stories
Descending (1964)
Nada (1964)
Now is Forever (1964)
Thesis on Social Forms and Social Controls in the USA (1964)
102 H-Bombs (1965)Nebula (nominee)
Come to Venus Melancholy (1965)Nebula (nominee)
The Roaches (1965)
The Squirrel Cage (1965)
The Affluence of Edwin Lollard (1966)
The Contest (1966)
The Empty Room (1966)
Fun with Your New Head (1966)
Casablanca (1967)
Linda and Daniel and Spike (1967)
Moondust, the Smell of Hay, and Dialectical Materialism (1967)
The Number You Have Reached (1967)
Problems of Creativeness (1967)
1-A (1968)
The City of Penetrating Light (1968)
Flight Useless, Inexorable the Pursuit (1968)
The Asian Shore (1970)
Asian Shores (1970)Nebula (nominee)
His Own Kind (1970)
Let Us Quickly Hasten to the Gate of Ivory (1970)
Angouleme (1971)
Things Lost (1972)
The Birds (1973)
Death and the Single Girl (1976)
Chanson Perpetuelle (1978)
The Man Who Had No Idea [short story] (1978)Hugo (nominee)
Mutability (1978)
The Brave Little Toaster [short story] (1980)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula (nominee)
The Revelation (1980)
The Grown-Up (1981)
Understanding Human Behavior (1982)Nebula (nominee)
Canned Goods (1984)
Torturing Mr Amberwell [short story] (1985)
The Rapture (1986)
Palindrome (1987)
Voices of the Kill (1988)Nebula (nominee)
The Abduction of Bunny Steiner, or A Shameless Lie (1992)
The Burial Society (1993)
One Night, or Scheherazade's Bare Minimum (1993)
The Man Who Read a Book (1994)
The Owl And the Pussycat (1999)


Awards
Nebula nominee (1966) : 102 H-Bombs
Nebula Best Short story nominee (1966) : Come to Venus Melancholy
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1966) : The Genocides
Nebula nominee (1971) : Asian Shores
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1975) : 334
Hugo nominee (1979) : The Man Who Had No Idea [short story]
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1980) : On Wings of Song
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel winner (1980) : On Wings of Song
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1980) : On Wings of Song
Hugo nominee (1981) : The Brave Little Toaster [short story]
Nebula nominee (1981) : The Brave Little Toaster [short story]
Nebula nominee (1983) : Understanding Human Behavior
Nebula Best Short story nominee (1989) : Voices of the Kill
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1992) : The M.D.: A Horror Story


Books about Thomas M Disch
The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science-Fiction by Thomas M. Disch - AngoulemeA Checklist of Thomas M Disch
 
Thomas M Disch recommends
Mission of Gravity
Mission of Gravity (1954)
(Mesklinite, book 1)
Hal Clement
"The best account of alien life on another planet."
The Cosmic Puppets
The Cosmic Puppets (1957)
Philip K Dick
"Philip K Dick writes the way he sees it and it is the quality, the clarity, of his vision that makes him great!"
Little, Big
Little, Big (1981)
John Crowley
". . . perhaps the greatest fantasy ever. . ."
Nightflyer
Nightflyer (1982)
Christopher Fahy
"A shamelessly satisfying fantasy...fresh hot buttered popcorn."
Mr Scobie's Riddle
Mr Scobie's Riddle (1983)
Elizabeth Jolley
"A satire of great verve and acerbity."
All You Who Sleep Tonight
All You Who Sleep Tonight (1990)
Vikram Seth
"Seth writes poetry as it has not been written for nearly a century, that's to say with the intention that his work should give pleasure to that ideal Comman Reader."
The Baby Merchant
The Baby Merchant (2006)
Kit Reed
"Can stand beside Levin's Rosemary's Baby and Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale."



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