Disch, Thomas M.

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Disch, Thomas M. Gender: M
Thomas Michael Disch
born on 2 February 1940 at 22:22 (= 10:22 PM )
Place Des Moines, Iowa, 41n36, 93w37
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 13°12' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 14°32 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 11°05'

Thomas M. Disch (2008)
photo: Thomas M. Disch South Street Seaport 2008-06-03: Houari Boumedienne * derivative, license cc-by-2.0


American science fiction author and poet who won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book – previously called "Best Non-Fiction Book" – in 1999, and 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 and 334 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 published several volumes of poetry as Tom Disch.

Following an extended period of depression after 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 4 July 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. His last short story collection, The Wall of America, Disch's first in over 25 years, was published posthumously, several months later.

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Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.


  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex (Charles Naylor)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Personal : Death : Suicide (Gunshot)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Critic, blogger)
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic (Theatre and opera)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Horror
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award