Been reading the 1968 book Camp Concentration by Tomash M. Disch and have been enjoying it very much, more, in truth, than I expected to. It sat in my to-read pile for a long while before I actually got up the interest to crack it open. Perhaps it was the ‘72 cover illustration? The cracked spine? I don’t know. In any case, having never heard of Disch, I figured perhaps you had not either, and thought I’d share a few paragraphs to get you acquainted. The following is a snippet from a conversation between the protagonist, Louis Sacchetti (a poet, and conscientious objector to some conflict or other who has been sent, as an objective chronicler, to a military instillation where patients are injected with a modified strain of syphilis which makes them brilliant before eating away their brain and killing them) and Dr. Aimee Busk (an icey doctor at said military instillation.) Hope you enjoy.

09.10. filed under: books. ideas.


I’m sure I’ve read Disch. Back in the Sev enties, when I was a school lad, I read probably damn near every science fiction book in the Hendersonville library system (school and downtown). Probably a few hundred total, all the major players then available, from Asimov to Zelazny. However, right off I can’t recall which books or short work by Disch I might have read; but I’m certain I read him, yea.

Going to the wiki I find that he wrote The Brave Little Toaster! Also I see a nonfiction title listed: The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered The World. I saw that at the used bookstore t’other day, mayhap I’ll go buy it.

posted on 09.11 at 05:06 PM.


Why thank you so much for introducing me to this man. I too have spent much of my short life reading Asimov and (of course) Heinlein. I will soon try to procure a copy for myself and set it in the inevitable “To-Read” stack - all of which I will get to during school breaks.

posted on 09.12 at 08:57 AM.


My pleasure Ruth. I may go out and pick up another of his books myself, the other most noted title seeming to be 334.

posted on 09.12 at 12:14 PMjmorrison

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