Born: February 2, 1940, Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: July 4, 2008, New York City, New York, United States
Education: Cooper Union
New York University
Buried: Saint Johns Episcopal Church Columbarium, Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA
Parents: Helen Disch
Movies: The Brave Little Toaster, The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
Thomas M. Disch was an American author and poet. He won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book – previously called "Best Non-Fiction Book" – in 1999, and he 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. Following an extended period of depression following the death in 2005 of his partner of 35 years, poet Charles Naylor, Disch stopped writing almost entirely, except for poetry – although he did produce two novellas. Disch committed suicide by gunshot on July 4, 2008 in his apartment in Manhattan, New York City. 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. Disch's private life remained private, for the most part. He was publicly gay since 1968; this came out occasionally in his poetry and particularly in his 1979 novel On Wings of Song. He did not try to write to a particular community: "I'm gay myself, but I don't write 'gay' literature." He rarely mentioned his sexuality in interviews, though the Canadian gay periodical The Body Politic interviewed him in 1981.
Together from 1970 to 2005: 35 years.
Charles Naylor (died in 2005)
Thomas M. Disch (February 2, 1940 - July 4, 2008)
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Thomas M. Disch (February 2, 1940 – July 4, 2008), American science fiction author and poet, and his partner, Charles Robert Naylor, Jr (1944-2005), are buried at St. John's Episcopal Church (1458 Locust St, Dubuque, IA 52001).
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