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"Reincarnation"  
Amazing Stories May1990
Author Harry Turtledove
First Appearance Amazing Stories
Collected Reincarnations
Genre(s) Gallows humor
Publication date May, 1990

"Reincarnation" is a short story by Harry Turtledove, originally published in Amazing Stories in May 1990, and was reprinted in Reincarnations, published by WSFA Press in October 2009. At four sentences, it is probably Turtledove's shortest work.

The story is essentially an extended joke based on the concept of reincarnation and a parsing of the word. After studying the subject of reincarnation for years, Harrison Smedley announces to his wife that it exists.



Then he dives out their 15th-floor apartment window, with her unable to stop him. The next day, Smedley returns as a carnation flower, and is purchased and worn as a boutonniere.

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