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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

Tube Rack  
  A hotel consisting of a set of stacked tube-like living spaces.  

He and Wynne were living in a tube rack in Battersea. She could have afforded better; he insisted that they live within their means. There were about two hundred plastic sleep tubes stacked in what had once been a warehouse. Each was three meters long; the singles were a meter and a half in diameter, the doubles two. Each was furnished with a locker beneath a gel matress, a telelink terminal and a water bubbler passing for a sink. There was always a line for the showers. The toilets stank.
From Solstice, by James Patrick Kelly.
Published by Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction in 1985
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Interesting take on the coffin hotels idea.

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