I wrote the Deadpan around 1980, a science fiction story that freely borrows from The Twilight Zone episode “People Are Alike All Over” originally broadcast in 1960. Ironically, my story precedes the movie The Explorers that coincidentally employs the same conceit revolving around radio and TV broadcasts traveling endlessly through space. These programs potentially could distort other alien civilizations’ concept of the culture of humankind, possibly to comic effect. In this instance, I anticipated the movie by five years, when I usually characterize myself as only being six months ahead of any curve. What does stand out in this story, however, is its amusing dynamics that sadly remain pertinent more than a half century later. I hope you enjoy reading Deadpan.