Echo Round His Bones

Echo Round His Bones

Thomas M. Disch / May 28, 2020

Echo Round His Bones It all began when Captain Nathan Hansard of A Artillery Company of Camp Jackson Mars Command Post went to Mars The message he was sent there to deliver made him wish he were dead in only six weeks tim

  • Title: Echo Round His Bones
  • Author: Thomas M. Disch
  • ISBN: 9780671828370
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • It all began when Captain Nathan Hansard of A Artillery Company of Camp Jackson Mars Command Post went to Mars The message he was sent there to deliver made him wish he were dead in only six weeks time the total nuclear arsenal of Camp Jackson Mars was to be released upon the enemy

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      • Thomas M. Disch

        Poet and cynic, Thomas M Disch brought to the sf of the New Wave a camp sensibility and a sardonicism that too much sf had lacked His sf novels include Camp Concentration, with its colony of prisoners mutated into super intelligence by the bacteria that will in due course kill them horribly, and On Wings of Song, in which many of the brightest and best have left their bodies for what may be genuine, or entirely illusory, astral flight and his hero has to survive until his lover comes back to him both are stunningly original books and both are among sf s accomplishedly bitter sweet works.In recent years, Disch had turned to ironically moralized horror novels like The Businessman, The MD, The Priest and The Sub in which the nightmare of American suburbia is satirized through the terrible things that happen when the magical gives people the chance to do what they really really want Perhaps Thomas M Disch s best known work, though, is The Brave Little Toaster, a reworking of the Brothers Grimm s Town Musicians of Bremen featuring wornout domestic appliances what was written as a satire on sentimentality became a successful children s animated musical.Thomas M Disch committed suicide by gunshot on July 4, 2008.


    1. The basic premise is unforgettable. They have these transporter beams à la Star Trek, but it turns out that there are unexpected angles to the quantum physics that powers them. Every time someone is transported, an echo of him is created. It's just like the original person, except that it's a ghost-like creature that can walk though walls, unless they're made of a really hard substance. Then there's a echo of the echo, which is even more ghost-like, so much so that it sinks through the floor an [...]

    2. Nuclear meltdown has been predicted by the super-computer Cass-9, sending Captain Hansard to Mars, where the American weapons are stored and ready, alongside the instructions of when to press the button. Hansard gets there via the matter transmitter invented by Dr. Panofsky, a Strangelove surrogate who takes every opportunity to demonstrate his dedication to his adopted home by the use of pseudo-American slang terms, such as "fantabulouse", much as Strangelove tried to conceal his Nazism by subd [...]

    3. 3.5 stars:This author was recommended to me, and I picked this novel because I liked the weird plot. It's about a matter transmitter that creates an "echo" of a person when they're transported. The echo-people can't communicate with the Real World, can only breathe transported air, etc. The story mostly follows a newly-created echo person.Another thing this book had that was strange was a narrator-as-a-character, yet it was 3rd person. What I mean is, there would be comments like "The reader mig [...]

    4. The first part of this book deserves 5 stars. The hero uses some kind of matter transmitter machine to go to Mars, but a ghostly copy of himself ends up staying behind. Apparently, this happens every time the machine is used. A bunch of soldiers try to kill him, but he escapes (not that hard when you can pass through walls). He eventually figures out that, to survive here, people have to resort to cannibalism, which is why they tried to kill him. After this brilliant setup, our hero is found by [...]

    5. Guilty pleasure, but I'm inexorably drawn to Disch ever since I came across Fun With Your New Head. His brand of science fiction is more Vonnegutian than strictly genre, perhaps due to a better-than-average prose style, but also because both authors use the thought experiments of their science-fiction novels as morality tales, exploring the ethics of humanity when juxtaposed against the non-normal. Unfortunately, just as in The Genocides, Disch is again preoccupied with cannibalism. I, needless [...]

    6. Disch described this early novel as "a resolutely cheerful science fiction adventure as traditional in all its trappings as a khaki fatigue uniform", and it is indeed slight by comparison with his later work, but it's not without merit. The premise is clever, and if the story lacks profundity or emotional intensity, it is nevertheless told with grace and charm that elevates it above the sf norm.

    7. There's an image in this book that has stayed with me in the long years that have passed since I read it. The book essentially deal with a possible side-effect of teleportation and what happened next. Very entertaining.

    8. Echo Round his Bones (1966) – is a minor work dealing light-heartedly with Matter Transmission, Matter Penetration and Matter Duplication.

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