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American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science-Fiction by Thomas M. Disch - Angouleme
Samuel R. Delany
0911499016
June 1978
Hardcover
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American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science-Fiction by Thomas M. Disch - Angouleme
Samuel R. Delany
0911499008
June 1978
Hardcover
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Camp Concentration
Thomas M. Disch
0375705457
Apr 1999
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Book Review
Thomas M. Disch is one of the overlooked masters of science fiction, and Camp Concentration is one of his finest novels. The unlikely hero of this piece is Louis Sacchetti, an overweight poet who's serving a five-year prison term for being a "conchie," or conscientious objector, to the ongoing war being fought by the United States. Three months into his sentence, Sacchetti is mysteriously taken from prison and brought to Camp Archimedes, an underground compound run by General Humphrey Haast. This is the so-called "camp concentration" of the book's title, a strange oubliette where inmates are given a drug that will raise their intelligence to astounding levels, though it will also kill them in a matter of months.

Sacchetti's job is to chronicle the goings-on at Archimedes in a daily journal that is sent to Haast and other...



334
Thomas M. Disch
0375705449
April 1999
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Book Review
The stories in 334 revolve loosely around a government housing project at 334 East 11th Street in New York City in the 2020s. The project's inhabitants are universally poor, often jobless, sometimes squalid. Some are happy, others angry, depressed, or just numb. The stories study their hopes and disappointments, and all are deeply introspective.

The early 21st-century setting might, in the hands of another author, be only a guise, a shortcut to making a world that's more gritty, shabby, and used up than ours. But Disch's future is thoroughly imagined, and he's adept at dropping in details of his characters' lives that are commonplace to them but jarring to us. It might be something as simple as going to the kitchen to "mix up a glass of milk." Occasionally it's radical, as in the case of Millie, who wants to have a baby...



Genocides
Thomas M. Disch
0375705465
November 2000
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From Library Journal
Disch's brief 1965 novel finds Earth's cities demolished and the surface overrun by a species of alien flora that grow as high as 600', which are draining off the world's water supply and threatening human existence. A Midwest farmer and small group, however, are devising a plan to do a little weeding. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
"One of the most remarkably talented writers around." -The Washington Post Book World

"[Disch] is without doubt one of the really bright . . . lights on the American SF scene." — Fantasy and Science Fiction

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Selected Poetry of Lord Byron
George Gordon Byron
0375758143
Apr 2002
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Review
“His capricious imagination rises . . . to heights that none can reach without wings.”—Victor Hugo

Review
?His capricious imagination rises . . . to heights that none can reach without wings.??Victor Hugo

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The Sub: A Study in Witchcraft
Thomas M. Disch
0679442928
June 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
All is not remotely well in the unusual town of Leech Lake, Minnesota. Substitute teacher Diana Turney has lost her job, and is finally beginning to recall long-lost memories of being molested by her father, Wes. To make matters worse, Wes's ghost is beginning to stir in the old smokehouse--the house that Diana has moved back into so she can take care of her sister's child, Kelly. Her sister has been shipped off to the big house to serve a year behind bars after taking a shot at her philandering husband, Carl.

Diana exacts her revenge on Carl by turning him into a pig, courtesy of some supernatural powers that she has recently inherited. But Diana's "gift" is slowly bringing her over to the dark side (and slowly turning the residents of Leech Lake into barnyard animals), with a bit of help from dear old dad out in the...



Castle of Perseverance: Job Opportunities in Contemporary Poetry
Thomas M. Disch
0472067508
July 2002
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Book Description
This collection by poet and novelist Thomas M. Disch offers a generous assortment of his writing on various literary topics, his reviews of plays and opera, and some of his poetry. The first essay, "The Future of the Book," prophesies the decline of print media and the increasing prominence of the internet and hypertext as a means of disseminating authors' work. Unlike Sven Birkerts, Disch does not mourn nostalgically the loss of Gutenberg's printing press. Rather, he speaks with playful aptness of books saturating our landfills.


Castle of Perseverance: Job Opportunities in Contemporary Poetry
Thomas M. Disch
0472097504
July 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
This collection by poet and novelist Thomas M. Disch offers a generous assortment of his writing on various literary topics, his reviews of plays and opera, and some of his poetry. The first essay, "The Future of the Book," prophesies the decline of print media and the increasing prominence of the internet and hypertext as a means of disseminating authors' work. Unlike Sven Birkerts, Disch does not mourn nostalgically the loss of Gutenberg's printing press. Rather, he speaks with playful aptness of books saturating our landfills.


A Child's Garden of Grammar
Thomas M. Disch
0472089110
Dec 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
In demystifying the complex world of grammar, Tom Disch and Dave Morice have constructed a wonderful new entertainment stimulated by many of the rules of the English language. The engaging verbal and visual wit of the Disch/Morice duo amuses as it informs, appealing to both the grammatically challenged and the rare soul who delights in diagramming dense sentences. Disch's playful verses lead us to see anew rules long forgotten or never fully understood, while Morice's comic treatments flesh out the dry, chalky terrain of pronouns, tenses, infinitives, and prepositions.
A perfect gift for anyone needing introduction, or reintroduction, to the rules of the verbal road, and for those who enjoy the clever play of word and image.
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On SF
Thomas M. Disch
0472068962
May 2005
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On SF
Thomas M. Disch
0472098969
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Praise for Thomas Disch:

"One of the most remarkably talented writers around."
---Washington Post Book World

"[Disch] is without doubt one of the really bright lights on the American SF scene."
---Fantasy and Science Fiction

This collection by the much-loved and lauded science-fiction writer Thomas Disch spans twenty-five years of his career, during which he has supplemented his creative output with reviews and critical essays in publications as diverse as the Nation, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and Twilight Zone.

Disch's perspectives on his genre are skeptical, novel, and often incendiary. The volume's opening essay, for example, characterizes writers of science fiction as "the provincials of literature." Other essays...


The Dreams Our Stuff is Made of
Thomas M. Disch
0684859785
July 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
In The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of, Thomas Disch does for science fiction what he did for poetry in The Castle of Indolence. First, he treats it not as a playground for idle dreamers, but as a branch of serious literature with significant cultural impact. Second, he brings the perspective of a seasoned practitioner to bear in separating the wheat from the chaff.

For example, if you ever wanted to know why L. Ron Hubbard managed to start a cult but Philip K. Dick didn't, Disch is your man. Beginning with Edgar Allan Poe, Disch elaborates a vision of science fiction as one of the twentieth century's most influential manifestations of America as a culture of liars. Among the frauds are the alien abduction stories of Whitley Strieber, the sadomasochistic dominance fantasies of John Norman, and the co-opting of...



The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 5: The Eye of the Sibyl
Philip K. Dick
0806513284
December 2000
Paperback
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