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"[Science fiction is] nightmares and visions, always outlined by the barely possible."
- Gregory Benford

Sleep Surrogate  
  Pharmaceutical designed to make up for lost sleep.  

We've all gotten up too early, or gone to bed too late. Where is medical science when we need it?

Mary Sperling woke at her usual hour the next day. She got up quietly to keep from waking Lazarus, ducked into her 'fresher, showered and massaged, swallowed a grain of sleep surrogate to make up for the short night, followed it almost as quickly with all the breakfast she permitted her waistline, then punched for the calls she had not bothered to take the night before.
From Methuselah's Children, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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In the original version of the story, published in 1941, this read "benzedrine surrogate."

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