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The question is, how can you tell the President's brain is missing? And are we sure we need it back?...

Title : The President's Brain is Missing
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ISBN : 9781429926928
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 50 Pages
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The President's Brain is Missing Reviews

  • Carol.
    2019-02-21 13:19

    First published in 2010, in a time that seems somewhat innocent now, Scalzi plays this basically straight. Fun twist ending with the snarky little side commentary one might expect from the Beltway.I suspect I was half-hoping to write a joke-filled review, but at the present time, I can't top reality.

  • Jen
    2019-03-05 05:26

    Title sounds like it's a dig against a specific person in particular, but it's not. Cute, funny and a short read by an amazingly funny author. 5, that's a pretty awesome concept, stars.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-14 07:34

    2.0 stars. First let me say that I am a big fan of John Scalzi’s work. I really enjoy the Old Man’s War series and I thought The God Engines was amazing. Unfortunately, this story, while not bad, is easily my least favorite of his stories to date. It is another story available for free at so you can check it out for yourself in case it turns out that I am "WAY OFF BASE" in my review (which is always a distinct possibility).My biggest problem with the story was one of false expectations based on a spectacular title. I went into the story expecting something along the lines of either a light-hearted and humorous political farce or even a serious and scathing political satire. Instead, the story is a pretty straight-forward SF piece about a white house staffer asked to investigate what happened to the President’s brain which has apparently mysteriously vanished.Now, it is true that the President in the story (no clear resemblance to any current or former President) is referred to as a bit of a bumbling idiot by those around him. However, this is more of a throwaway to the basic plot and is not really part of any central political message that I could see. From there, the story is played pretty straight and the resolution of the mystery is more a result of technological wizardry than comedic commentary. In the end, it just left me a little disappointed after such a great premise. Oh well…it happens.

  • Lata
    2019-03-05 07:30

    3.5 stars. #14 read in personal challenge.I'm not really familiar with Scalzi's style, as I've been stalled with one of his novels for a while, but I picked this story because of the title, which I found simultaneously provocative and amusing. This is a fast-paced, funny short, covering Area 51, Tunguska, the US presidency, and cheeseburgers. (I'm hungry now...)The characters feel smart, somewhat snarky, and funny.

  • Badseedgirl
    2019-03-14 10:39

    Available for free at In this political environment, this title is a cheap gift, but I'm not going to raise to the bait. This was a humorous short story, and had a good ending.

  • Tracy
    2019-02-20 07:29

    This was fun. Written in a simpler time when it would have been a bad thing for the president’s brain to go missing.

  • Lis Carey
    2019-02-23 11:37

    This is an ebook-only short, barely a novella. It's also vintage Scalzi, funny and irreverent and insightful.A senior staffer for an unnamed president gradually comes to the shocking realization that the president's brain is missing. He's walking, he's talking, he's functioning normally--but his brain is missing! (Yes, insert jokes here; Scalzi is careful to ensure you can't peg this president as being either Bush or Obama. He's not doing contemporary political commentary, here.)The senior staffer starts digging for an answer to what's happened, and solution to the problem. But is it a problem? Who is responsible? Does this need to be fixed? And what's going to happen to the nosy staffer?It's wickedly funny, and well worth the time you'll spend reading it. Recommended.I bought this story.

  • Claudia
    2019-03-06 11:29

    Humor and sarcasm, one of the best combinations.I read half of it on the way to work and I got some odd glances from people in the subway because I chuckled almost continuously. However, I expected a different ending after the way it started. It’s like JS wanted to compensate all the irony from the first part. But nonetheless, it was an enjoyable, light and funny reading.

  • Amy
    2019-03-16 06:14

    meh. short enough that it's not NOT worth the read. also, it never hurts when sci-fi nerds and poli-sci nerds collide.would have been an even easier read if the characters had been mostly referred to by titles or first names instead of lists of "title first name last name, Cabinet Secretary" when the MC walks into an Oval Office mtg. It was awkward.thanks to Carol for the Tor link:

  • Amir Hirshfeld
    2019-03-14 09:33

    Quirky funny and packing a stingNust read. Smile and think about the day the president's brain went missing. Amusing. Smart and thought provoking. Another scalzi short worth the time to read.

  • Fiona
    2019-02-18 13:11

    “Now that we’re all here, we can get started,” Boehm said. “We have a situation. The president’s brain is missing.”No one in the room had anything to say to that. Finally Alex spoke up. “I thought we all agreed to let Jon Stewart write his own jokes,” he said.John Scalzi brings his trademark humour to a situation we all knew was going to happen one day - there's a man in the White House who's missing his brain (no, really this time). As Carol points out, this was written in the relatively innocent 2010, but for some reason the story still feels applicable. Available for free from the wonderful Tor:

  • Pratik Gupte
    2019-02-22 08:27

    Also fun, works sooo well with Trump as POTUS.

  • Rick
    2019-02-24 05:11

    I like John Scalzi. He seems like a very rad, smart dude. But, although I've admittedly read just a small fraction of his output, the work I have read tends to be very much hit-or-miss for me. I think this was a miss, but one that was so very tantalizingly close to the target. Weird political fiction is surprisingly one of my favorite sub-genres (I say surprisingly because real world politics often make me break out in hives). I love stories that take our current political landscape and proceed to blow it up and twist it up and exaggerate it just so. Science fiction has a rich history with this (indeed, it is embedded in its DNA). My own interest in it is, as per usual, mostly the fault of Warren Ellis. The bastard wrote the excellent and politically-heavy Transmetropolitan comic book series, which I read when I was young and impressionable and thus ruined me for ever.This story fall under a category that casts a rather large and looming shadow, is what I am trying to get at. And I think that it suffers for it.I mean, I like the story well enough: the writing is colorful and clever and it jots along nicely. The concept is strong and interesting as hell. Ultimately, though, it just sort of goes nowhere? This is, essentially, a short story (at 28 pages I wouldn't really call it a novella) and so the end feels frustrating because you feel like the plot is just about to kick start. It didn't help that I read this on my Kindle too, which, while it marks your progress at the bottom of the screen, there's no actual physical notion of this. I think this is actually a mostly nice feature (it makes big books less intimidating) but it can also be sometimes detrimental to a story. I didn't check my progress at all during my reading of this, and once I got to the end and swiped to a blank page it literally made me mutter out loud, "That's it?"So yeah, the story could have greatly benefited from a bigger page count. The premise needed more room to breathe.(Some sort of edge would have also greatly helped this story too, I think. With such a heady title, you’d expect for it to be more biting in its satire; instead it’s very safe and middle of the road. Sort of like a heavily sanitized episode of The West Wing.)Still a delightful brief read, though. Like I mentioned above, the writing is full of wit and humor. I loved the admittedly-obvious-but-still-funny running joke that has characters reacting to the news of the President's missing brain with a "How can you tell?" comment, a not-so-subtle dig at a certain ex-President (I read one review that mentioned liking the fact that the information the story provides on the President is vague enough that it could apply to either Bush or Obama -- but yeah no this is most definitely good old George, guy). A funny little what if? tale that I wish had much more oomph.

  • Stine
    2019-03-07 05:25

    I enjoyed this. For a short story, it's one of my favourites, even if I'm not really a fan of short stories, since they are, well, too short.

  • Troy Blackford
    2019-03-14 08:21

    This was a hilarious and clever short story that was in no way very realistic, but that was definitely part of its charm.

  • Rubi
    2019-02-25 05:13

    Imaginati-va posibilitatile. JFK ar fi fost inca in viata :)Creier antiglont. Mai tarziu, poate si restul organelor.

  • Lionel
    2019-03-11 12:20

    I enjoyed this short story. Didn't really rocked my world but I spent a nice hour reading it.

  • This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
    2019-03-18 09:31

    A science fiction short story about a president's brain which, well, disappears (the title is not particularly metaphorical). Very much Scalzi's style, with a light mix of humor and geekery.

  • Chang
    2019-03-16 08:12

    I remember now why I like John Scalzi: his sense humor.The only thing better than a discovering a new favorite author is rediscovering an old one.I was afraid this would be political, but it really isn't. It's a fun and humorous sci-fi take on an old joke.

  • Scott Munjone
    2019-03-06 08:32

    Thought this might be the problem....Quick little read thought it would be more humorous. Was ok..

  • Tammy
    2019-02-22 07:10

    Part of:

  • izawoodsman
    2019-02-18 09:11

    What I call dinner reading. Something fun and not too involved that I can read while eating alone. Rnjoyed the ending and did not see it coming, a big plus for me.

  • Debby Allen
    2019-02-26 09:39

    Cute, short, not enough there to get too worried about but does give pause to wonder.

  • Robert
    2019-03-08 09:19

    Scalzi is greatI continue to enjoy everything I read from Scalzi. This one was a quick fun story. Pick it up if you're a Scalzi fan.

  • P.L. Hayes
    2019-03-20 09:17

    This is a humorous piece. Scalzi captures the humor in the political system, and some of the ridiculous serendipity we see every day. There were places I laughed out loud. He does a great job of painting his characters, their foibles and flaws, as well as providing commentary on politics in the modern era.

  • Suzanne Lucas
    2019-03-16 07:27

    When I originally saw this book in Goodreads, I was drawn by the catchy title and what appeared to be a promising plot -- the concept of a missing brain just seemed to have so many possibilities. Unfortunately, the story didn't quite live up to my expectations. This isn't to say that it was a bad story. On the contrary, it was laughingly nonsensical and amusing, as one would expect from a master of comedic sci-fi. (Of course, it makes perfect sense that the President of the United States is able to function just fine despite having no brain in his head.)The main problem was that the story was simply too short (less than 50 pages) to allow the author to take it where it could have gone. There were also too many characters given the limited number pages to work with. It was impossible for Scalzi to keep them all involved in the storyline, which is why at least two of them had no discernible purpose and ended up fading away within the first few pages.Overall, I would rate it 2.5 stars.

  • Marco
    2019-02-21 05:33

    I am a fan of John Scalzi. His books are witty, entertaining, and fun to read. This said this is not one of his best stories. Do not get me wrong, the book is fun and it has an interesting conclusion, but it is not emotionally steering or epic as many of his other stories.The novella is the story of a Presidential brain that vanishes on thin air, without any visible change in the commander in chief.Despite the title seems to suggest a political commentary intent, the author is quite careful to avoid any political nuance. It's a pity, it would have frankly being interesting.

  • Paul Mirek
    2019-03-16 08:37

    This short story is a sci-fi locked-room mystery that takes place inside the President's head. It's also a gag-filled deconstruction of the "boy's club" of D.C. with a sci-fi movie-quoting CIA chief and a group fondness for 5 Guys. With a deft hand, Scalzi weaves some inventive concepts together into his solution, all the while keeping things on the lighter side compared to most modern genre fiction. My enjoyment of these two stories so far bodes well for a time when I can finally sit down to one of his novels.

  • J.R.
    2019-02-24 05:25

    If you liked The Android's Dream and Agent to the Stars but don't have a lot of time, read this. Otherwise re-read The Android's Dream. This has the same feel (right down to the pat ending) but doesn't have the length to develop the characters (mostly the supporting characters; I can't always rely on Scalzi to flesh out his main characters as much as I would like but he seems to make the effort to build a supporting cast. And hey, we got The Human Division out of a throwaway character, so I guess it pays). It's an enjoyable short story, but he has done better.

  • Dakeyras
    2019-03-20 06:32

    The President's brain is missing off of medical scans but he's feeling fine & can walk/talk. This short story is all about trying to figure out was it magic....or advanced technologyAltogether the story was enjoyable but very short. Alex asks the right questions right away, spends a night investigating things, gets everything explained to him and goes back to his day job.