Thomas Disch at South Street Seaport June 3 2008 (photo: Houari Boumedienne)
The legendary writer, poet, editor, and essayist Thomas M. Disch would have been 76 on February 2. With the 1965 publication of his first novel THE GENOCIDES, Disch began an impressive output of challenging, creative fiction. Other noteworthy novels included CAMP CONCENTRATION, BLACK ALICE (with John Sladek), 334, ON WINGS OF SONG, THE BUSINESSMAN: A
TALE OF TERROR, THE M.D.: A HORROR
STORY, and THE WORD OF GOD: OR,
HOLY WRIT REWRITTEN.
In 1980, Disch ventured into the world of children’s books with THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER: A BEDTIME STORY FOR SMALL APPLIANCES, which was the basis for the acclaimed Disney film. His other works for children included
THE TALE OF DAN DE LION, THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER GOES TO MARS, FILM ADAPTATION, and A CHILD’S GARDEN OF GRAMMAR.
Disch’s numerous shorts stories were collected into several volumes including ONE
HUNDRED AND TWO H-BOMBS, FUN
WITH YOUR NEW HEAD, WHITE
FANG GOES DINGO, GETTING
INTO DEATH, FUNDAMENTAL
MAN WHO HAD NO IDEA, and THE
WALL OF AMERICA.
As an award-winning essayists, Disch was regular contributor to THE
NATION, THE WEEKLY STANDARD, HARPER’S, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE LOS
ANGELES TIMES, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. He won a Hugo award for the non-fiction THE
DREAMS OUR STUFF IS MADE OF: HOW SCIENCE FICTION CONQUERED THE WORLD.
Disch’s acclaimed poetry was collected in several volumes including THE
RIGHT WAY TO FIGURE PLUMBING, ABCDEFG
HIJKLM NPOQRST UVWXYZ, BURN
VERSES AND LIGHT, HAIKUS
OF AN AMPART, and ABOUT
THE SIZE OF IT. His poem BILLET-DOUX was produced as limited edition broadside in celebration of Tachyon Publications’ twelfth anniversary.
Sadly, the iconic Thomas Disch died in 2008, just days after Tachyon published what proved to be his final novel, THE WORD OF GOD: OR, HOLY WRIT REWRITTEN.
For more information about THE WORD OF GOD: OR, HOLY WRIT REWRITTEN, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Ann Monn
For more information about THE WALL OF AMERICA, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Ann Monn
For more information about BILLET-DOUX, visit the Tachyon page.
Art and design by Barry Barnes