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"I don't know why I write science fiction. The voices in my head told me to!"
- Charles Stross

Sleep-Inducer  
  A device that electronically imposes sleep on a human being.  

Merton snapped the elastic bands of the cabin seat around his waist and legs, then placed the electrodes of the sleep-inducer on his forehead. He set the timer for three hours and relaxed.

Very gently, hypnotically, the electronic pulses throbbed in the frontal lobes of his brain. Colored spirals of light expanded beneath his closed eyelids, widening outward to sleep.


(Sleep-inducer from Boy's Life)

From Sunjammer, by Arthur C. Clarke.
Published by Boy's Life in 1963
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Compare to sleep surrogate from Robert Heinlein's 1941 novel Methuselah's Children, the sleep set from Larry Niven's 1970 novel Ringworld and the napcap From Niven and Barnes' 2000 novel Saturn's Race.

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