Thomas M. Disch
Novelist, short story writer, poet
Emancipation: A Romance of the Times to Come (1971)Edit
- Originally published in New Dimensions 1, edited by Robert Silverberg
- Boz, who had no patience with Science, always confused north and south.
- All the things that happen and seem so important at the time, and yet you forget them, one after another.
- Jobs are like going to church: it’s nice once or twice a year to sing along and eat something and all that, but unless you really believe there’s something holy going on, it gets to be a drag going in every single week.
- The way we work, the way we talk, the way we watch television or walk down the street, even the way we fuck, or maybe that especially—each of those is part of the problem of identity. We can’t do any of those things authentically until we find out who we really are and be that person, inside and out, instead of the person other people want us to be. Usually those other people, if they want us to be something we aren’t, are using us as a laboratory for working out their own identity problems.
The Man Who Had No Idea (and other stories) (1982)Edit
- Marvin Kolodny responded with a boyish grin and offered his hand. An American flag has been tattooed on his right forearm. On a scroll circling the flagpole was the following inscription:
- Let's All
- the United States
- by Force &
- "The Man Who Had No Idea" (originally published 1978).
- ...there, strung out under the cornice of the building, was the motto, which he had never noticed before, of the Federal Communications Agency:
- PLANNED FREEDOM IS THE ROAD TO
- LASTING PROGRESS.
- So simple, so direct, and yet, when you thought about it, almost impossible to understand.
- "The Man Who Had No Idea".
- He especially liked ads for shampoos and hair coloring. The women in them seemed to regard their hair as independent, capricious entities, whom they must placate and provide with food.
- "The Black Cat".
- Religious faith often finds itself at odds with story-telling. Puritans ban acting companies. Islam is uneasy about all forms of representation. And why? Because the experience of walking out of the theater after a performance is a paradigm of disillusionment, and religious people are officially supposed to believe, first and foremost, in their own literal faith, from which there are no exits. They've taken the big leap, and live, ever after, in free fall.
- Introduction to "The Santa Claus Compromise".
- The gods, after all, are only human, and once their rage has been placated they are perfectly capable of acts of mercy and grace.
- "The Vengeance of Hera".
- There was nothing like shared meals, so the experts at IBM claimed, for overcoming one's basic disbelief in the existence of other people.
- Endzone Disch's blog
- Schroedinger's Cake: Website about Thomas M. Disch
- Thomas M. Disch at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Selected poems
- Obituary and public tribute
- Eulogy at Salon.com by Elizabeth Hand
- "Remembering Thomas Disch" by John Crowley
- "The Prescient Science Fiction of Thomas M. Disch" in The Millions
- "Descending" a story archived in The Wayback Machine