About Thomas M. DischThomas Michael Disch (February 2, 1940, Des Moines – July 4, 2008, New York) was an American poet and science fiction writer. He is known to be one of the authors of the new wave of science fiction. He has also published several collections of poems, as well as a few detective novels, essays and works of children's and youth literature. The covers of most of his works bear the name Thomas M. Disch, with exception of his poetry collections which use the pen name Tom Disch like Dark Verses & Light (1991), Yes, Let's: New and Selected Poems (1991), Here I Am, There You Are, Where Were We (1984), Burn This (1982), and About the Size of It (2007). His poems are distinguished in particular by their irony and their humor which will become the main characteristics of the author. In 1996, his book The Castle of Indolence: On Poetry, Poets, and Poetasters was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
On July 5, 2008, he shot himself in the head. He was found dead in his New York apartment the next day. His death was announced on July 6, 2008 by publisher Ellen Datlow. Since the death of his partner Charles Naylor in 2005, Disch had been plagued with depression.
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