Hi, I'm in the process of finishing the first draft of my next novel Dragon, and have a problem with the ending. I've got three of them. To give you the briefest of explanations, my MC is an orphan who's gone off on a quest to find his missing family. Big long mission after ten years of preparation, then has to fight a huge war with only one spaceship etc. You get the picture, obsessive, drug addicted, worn out hero with failing health, wins his last battle, finds family etc. Now the first ending I wrote was the happy one, you know survives the final heart attack, wakes in hospital, family comes in and everything's puppy dog tails. But I hated it, it was too damned syruppy. So then I wrote the second one, a tragic death, dies on the floor of the battleship, heart finally stopped, but died triumphant all goals completed, family back etc. I thought this was better, but I'd pee off the readers. I know when I read about the MC dying in a book it pee's me off. Then last night I wrote the third one, the limbo treatment. Heart attack on the bridge as before, but still triumphant, mission completed, family alive and free, war won etc, doesn't know if he'll live or not as the mechs work on him, but happy either way. I like this option best I think, but I can see some readers getting upset about not knowing. So my question to you is, would you be equally happy with any of these endings? Do you yearn for a happy ending? Will the MC dying heroically annoy you? Will being left hanging be a pain? Thoughts? Cheers.