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"Science fiction has gotten more accurate as we've gotten closer to the present, because science fiction stories have not only attracted, but also generated current scientists."
- Larry Niven

Napcap Capsule  
  A handy refuge for travelers in busy terminals; a sleep aid when you really need one.  

Now this is a useful idea! No more stretching out on the airport concourse; I think this would work, even if it only provided a clean, quiet and secure pod for sleeping the all-natural way. If I can rent time watching a crummy little TV attached to what looks like a desk from junior high school (25 cents for 10 minutes), it seems like I could have this!

Fatigue bent her like decades, and she was overjoyed to see the blinking yellow sign of a Napcap rental facility.

She punched her card into the Napcap's slot. The lid lifted and she crawled inside. It shooshed down. The inside received her as a womb. The prospect of rest triggered an avalanche of yawns, and she was asleep before the lid sealed fully back in place.

From Saturn's Race, by Larry Niven (w/S. Barnes).
Published by Tor in 2000
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Don't forget to look at the napcap - the handy electronic sleep aid that provides rest, relaxation and quiet slumber the twenty-first century way.

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