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"I've got this beautiful panoramic three-dimensional painting of Mars based on Martian photos. It's 30 feet wide. You can pick out every pebble on the Martian landscape. And who'd have dreamed you could do that?"
- Arthur C. Clarke

Cosmoline (Warm Sleep)  
  Special gel that offers healing and hibernation for space travelers.  

You'll want an alternative to just sitting in your economy class seat all the way to Mars.

They knew our limits, political, biological, psychological. And so they helped us formulate Cosmoline, the greenish gel in which we are all packed and preserved like fruits in a can, not awake, not asleep, but not cold - not frozen - just quiet and contented while the space frames carry us to where we're going.

Some of us call it Warm Sleep. Old-timers will remember that Cosmoline was a patented petroleum-based product that helped keep rifles and guns and equipment from rusting...

The chemistry behind our version of Cosmoline helped foster a thousand medical advances, of course.

From War Dogs, by Greg Bear.
Published by Orbit in 2014
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Compare to cold sleep from Robert Heinlein's 1956 novel The Door into Summer, eternity drug from AE van Vogt's 1944 story Far Centaurus and (for healing) Gobathian from Clifford Simak's 1961 novel Time is the Simplest Thing.

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