Short story: “Reasons to Be Cheerful”

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“Reasons to Be Cheerful,” by Greg Egan

First appeared in Interzone #118, April 1997; PDF online here; found via Rahul Kanakia’s recommendation

13,427 words

This story might be the best existential analysis of emotion and choice that I’ve ever read. It’s certainly the most comprehensive.

It’s pretty funny to see the first-published date and realize that when this was written, 2004 was the future.