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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Tranquilizing Gum  
  Chewing gum with a tranquilizing agent.  

Joe Chip has had a bad day; he's just taken his dead employer to the Beloved Bretheren Moratorium to see if it's not too late for half-life.

"...calm yourself," Von Vogelsang opened the glove compartment of the chopper's control panel; he handed Joe a merry multicolored box. "Chew one of these, Mr. Chip."

"Tranquilizing gum," Joe said, accepting the box; reflexively he opened it. "Peach-flavored tranquilizing gum."

From Ubik, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1969
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