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"I received a nice letter the other day from the Dalai Lama. He had read 'The Nine Billion Names of God'. It is about a computer at a Tibetan monastery."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Timeout  
  The part of a Skyrene's life that is spent in Warm Sleep travel between Earth and the destination planet.  

See also the entry for Cosmoline from this story.

I just flew in on one of those after eight months in the vac, four going out, three back. Seven blissful months in timeout, stuffed in a dark tube and soaked in Cosmoline.
From War Dogs, by Greg Bear.
Published by Orbit in 2014
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