“Chairman Spaceman”
by Thomas Pierce
from the January 16, 2017 issue of The New Yorker

We’ve been delighted by Pierce’s stories before — “Shirley Temple Three,” “Ba Baboon,” and “This Is an Alert” — and I have all faith he’ll please us again with “Chairman Spaceman.” Pierce’s stories have perhaps made me wary for seeming on the surface to be facetious, snarky, slight pieces (I mean, I’d not naturally be excited to read something called “Chairman Spaceman”), but Pierce always manages to surprise me with a lot of depth of character and with his serious stakes.

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