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Thomas M. Disch

Novelist, short story writer, poet

1940   -   2008

genre: science fiction, poetry, children's literature, speculative fiction, literary criticism
country of citizenship: United States of America
occupation: writer, poet, screenwriter, novelist, journalist, science fiction writer, children's writer
award received: John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Hugo Award for Best Related Work, Locus Award for Best Novelette

Thomas Michael Disch (February 2, 1940 – July 4, 2008) was an American science fiction author and poet. He won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book – previously called "Best Non-Fiction Book" – in 1999, and he had two other Hugo nominations and nine Nebula Award nominations to his credit, plus one win of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, a Rhysling Award, and two Seiun Awards, among others. In the 1960s, his work began appearing in science-fiction magazines. His critically acclaimed science fiction novels, The Genocides, Camp Concentration, 334 and On Wings of Song are major contributions to the New Wave science fiction movement. In 1996, his book The Castle of Indolence: On Poetry, Poets, and Poetasters was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and in 1999, Disch won the Nonfiction Hugo for The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of, a meditation on the impact of science fiction on our culture, as well as the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse. Among his other nonfiction work, he wrote theatre and opera criticism for The New York Times, The Nation, and other periodicals. He also published several volumes of poetry as Tom Disch. Following an extended period of depression following the death in 2005 of his life-partner, Charles Naylor, Disch stopped writing almost entirely, except for poetry and blog entries – although he did produce two novellas. Disch killed himself by gunshot on July 4, 2008 in his apartment in Manhattan, New York City. Naylor and Disch are buried alongside each other at Saint Johns Episcopal Church Columbarium, Dubuque, Iowa. His last book, The Word of God, which was written shortly before Naylor died, had just been published a few days before Disch's death.
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works

26

Getting into Death

book by Thomas M. Disch

author: Thomas M. Disch

1974

The Businessman: A Tale of Terror

book by Thomas M. Disch

author: Thomas M. Disch

1984

The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of

book by Thomas M. Disch

author: Thomas M. Disch

1998

The Genocides

novel by Thomas M. Disch

author: Thomas M. Disch

1965

Thomas l'incredulo

short story by Thomas M. Disch

author: Thomas M. Disch

1972

334

novel by Thomas M. Disch

author: Thomas M. Disch

1972

Black Alice

novel by Thomas M. Disch

author: Thom Demijohn, Thomas M. Disch, John Thomas Sladek

1968

The Brave Little Toaster

novel by Thomas M. Disch

author: Thomas M. Disch
illustrator: Hideo Azuma

1980

Echo Round His Bones

novel by Thomas M. Disch

author: Thomas M. Disch

1967

Getting into Death and Other Stories

book by Thomas M. Disch

author: Thomas M. Disch

1976

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