The story I'm looking for is very, very similar to the YA novel mentioned above, but predates it by at least a decade, probably more. Like A., the protagonist awakens in a new body every day (or at least regularly, perhaps with every sleep period). IIRC, unlike A., he self-identifies as male specifically. The impetus for the first switch, in this case, was something medical: I believe the character first transferred when the original body died, or possibly was being abused (but I'm trying to avoid conflating it with Gould's "Jumper"). There is no explanation, either scientific or magical, for the transference. Did David Levithan write an early short story that later became "Every Day"? The similarities are so striking, but I've been looking for this story for years and only discovered the book last week.

  • FWIW, isfdb doesn't mark Every Day as a novelization or fixup, and only has one record of a short story by Levithan. – Daniel Roseman Dec 28 '14 at 20:28
  • There's a short story about a boy who was operated on by his mad scientist father and is now in a locked in state or something similar. He escapes by projecting his consciousness into people in his town - a new host every day. I don't think this is the Greg Egan story Ross mentions because I can't remember anything about a safe deposit box. However my library and I are in different parts of the country so I can't check. – John Rennie Dec 29 '14 at 10:00
  • @JohnRennie - the safe deposit box of the title is where the body-jumping character stores data he's collected about his body jumps. "I’ve tried constructing an independent life for myself, but I’ve never been able to make it work. When I was much younger, and mostly unmarried, I’d set myself things to study. That’s when I first hired the safe-deposit box — to keep notes in." – Ross Presser Jun 15 '16 at 5:16
  • A readable copy of the story is here. – Ross Presser Jun 15 '16 at 5:17

Perhaps Greg Egan's story "The Safe Deposit Box".

"The Safe-Deposit Box" is about a man who wakes up in a different body every day, and dreams of having an identity of his own. (source)

Found in the collection Axiomatic. First printed in Asimov's, 1990.

Furthermore, here is a review that explicitly connects the story and the Levithan novel.

Every Day by David Levithan (Knopf, 2012) is a novel whose main character, A, wakes up every morning in the body of a different person. "The Safe-Deposit Box" by Greg Egan (Asimov's SF, 1990) has the same basic premise, but a very different plot and tone.

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