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Thomas M. Disch - 1940-2008

Postby Bmat » Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:22 am

Thomas M. Disch | 1940-2008
Catastrophes blamed for author's suicide
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 3:19 AM
By Douglas Martin

NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK -- Author, poet and critic Thomas M. Disch -- who twisted the inherently twisted genre of science fiction in disturbing directions, including writing his last book in the voice of God -- died Friday in his Manhattan apartment. He was 68.

His friend Alice K. Turner said Disch shot himself.

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"He was simply ground down by the sequence of catastrophes," said his friend, novelist Norman Rush.

In addition to writing speculative fiction (his preferred term for science fiction), Disch wrote poetry; realist fiction, children's fiction and historical fiction; opera librettos and plays; criticism of theater, films and art; and a video game.

One of Disch's best-known works is The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances (1986), in which a toaster, a clock radio and an electric blanket come to life.

In The New York Times Book Review, Anna Quindlen said the book was more sophisticated than it seemed: "Buy it for your children; read it yourself."


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Postby Bmat » Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:26 am

I found this at another site, quoting AP:

Science-fiction writer Thomas Disch ‘a genius’
Thomas Disch, who has been called one of the most important science-fiction writers of his generation, died Saturday in New York.
Friends said Disch, 68, was found dead inside his apartment. ...

In the genre of science fiction, Disch was considered unconventional. The strange new worlds he created were an odd mix: dark and horror-filled, humorous and playful. His work outfoxed readers’ expectations, one critic said, and made labeling a chore for publishers.
But being outside the box was a Disch trademark.
“Tom Disch is one of the few people I have ever met who I would consider a genius,” said Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Disch also wrote poetry, drama criticism, book reviews, opera libretti, a computer interactive novel, plays and children’s books. Critic John Clute once wrote that Disch was “perhaps the most respected, least trusted, most envied and least read of all modern first-rank SF writers.”
Though he never won mainstream fame, Disch was highly regarded in the world of science fiction. Three of his novels, “Camp Concentration,” “334,” and “On Wings of Songs” were named in “Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels,” a survey by critic David Pringle.
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