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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Provigil-C  
  A special drug that promotes wakefulness in troops.  

"Michelle, order all the AIDs to administer Provigil-C."

The drug was a combination of Terran anti-narcolepsy drug and a Galactic stimulant. The Terran drug prevented sleep from forming. However it was believed that the stresses of combat were such that more than an anti-narcotic was necessary. When the powerful and persistent Galactic stimulant started coursing through their veins, the troops started to move.

From A Hymn Before Battle, by John Ringo.
Published by Baen Books in 2000
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Provigil is the name of a real drug (Modafinil) used to treat narcolepsy.

The idea of a pill or other means for doing without sleep recurs in science fiction. Robert Heinlein's 1941 story Methuselah's Children has a reference to a "sleep surrogate" that you could take in the morning after an inadequate night's sleep. Also, see the article for A-som, anti-somnolence drugs mentioned in Paul Di Filippo's 2006 story Shuteye for the Timebroker; this story examines what it would be like to eliminate sleep entirely.

Thanks to Connor Lawrence for writing in with the quote for this item.

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