Not only is “Death And What Comes Next” a fine short story, it’s also a thought-provoking debate about Schrödinger’s Cat and Hugh Everett’s Many Worlds Interpretation. And while it’s not quite a joke, it does end with a hell of a punch line. It begins:
When Death met the philosopher, the philosopher said, rather excitedly: “At this point, you realise, I’m both dead and not dead.”
There was a sigh from Death. Oh dear, one of those, he thought. This is going to be about quantum again. He hated dealing with philosophers. They always tried to wriggle out of it.