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The President’s Brain is Missing by John Scalzi

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"The President’s Brain is Missing" is a 2010 science fiction short story by John Scalzi. It is about a president of the United States whose brain isn’t in his head anymore!

Happy President’s Day!
Today is officially President’s Day here in the USA, and to honor the occasion I thought I would point you towards a funny science fiction story about the president of the United States. Enjoy!

Non-spoiler Summary in a Nutshell

Oval Office from Rose Garden by Tuaussi, CC 2.0 license

Deputy White House Chief of Staff Alexander Lipsyte has just learned something amazing – the President of the United States has no brain! No, really, his brain is literally missing… gone poof… playing hide-and-seek… just plain not there! But how can this be you ask? Well, that is what he has been tasked to find out. The trail leads him on a very interesting goose chase involving military officials, top secret UFO bases, famous museums, the secret service and little known Washington, D.C. bunkers. He finally gets some answers and is quite surprised by what he finds out.

Interesting Tidbits About This Story:

  • Page Count: 16
  • Word Count: 6,695
  • Did you know that John Scalzi worked for America Online during the 1990s? Yep. You can learn more about this science fiction author by reading the bio on his web site.

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If you liked "The President’s Brain is Missing" then you may also be interested in “Copperhead” by Gene Wolfe – about a powerful remote control held by the president of the United States.

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