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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:04 pm 
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Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008) a New Worlds stalwat in the Moorcock years died on July 4th


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That's a shame. Only last week, I saw Clute's review of Disch's new novel, The Word of God, and decided to try his opther titles.

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Oh, good grief. The man was a genius. I'm sad now.


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Sad news. I liked just about everything I read by him, but especially "Camp Concentration" and "334".

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Those were my favourites too, Pete.


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334 was a difficult read for me, primarily in awe at the quality of writing. Sadly, I thought he had died years before - just goes to show how far off my radar Disch was.

Nevertheless, RIP - especially considering the manner of his death.


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Interesting look at Disch's situation in Strange Horizons22 September 2008
Who Killed Thomas M. Disch? By Sam J. Miller


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Roy wrote:
Interesting look at Disch's situation in Strange Horizons22 September 2008
Who Killed Thomas M. Disch? By Sam J. Miller


The Miller article is very good - thanks very much for posting the link. This section in particular is telling:

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And this, more than anything, might be the key to Tom's marginalization. He was a little too successful in piercing through the armor that modern man uses to shield himself from the existential void. In an obituary in the Independent, John Clute asserted that "the central theme that could be discerned throughout this work was a passionate conviction that the desolateness of the human condition could only be 'figured' through art."

Disch was so diligent in exploring "the desolateness of the human condition" because that's what obsessed him—what drove him. Many readers would prefer to ignore that desolateness altogether. Jacob Weisman feels that Disch was not only too deep and dark for science fiction fans; he was also too deep for the literary establishment.

"When mainstream critics assess science fiction, in their own minds they're slumming," Jacob said. "They're looking for those raw, powerful ideas that people in science fiction might be working with. They're not looking for writers who are doing the same thing they're doing—and might be doing it better. Disch's work has all those deep ideas and literary aspirations. You have to work to keep up. So in a sense, he was too literary for both sides of the fence."


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The Prescient Science Fiction of Thomas M. Disch in 2500 words.


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