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"The germinal societies like Singapore and communist Hong Kong may give us a mutant capitalism that is both virulent and efficient. This is a significant cultural danger."
- Gregory Benford

Sleep Destroying Field  
  Causes lack of sleep.  

He knew he could outmaneuver and outrun any of the ships, but he knew he wouldn't have a chance against an ultraradio torpedo or a sleep-destroying field. Particularly the latter; for the range of the field was tremendous, and the penalty of being snared in one was agonizing death from lack of sleep.
From Biddiver, by Theodore Sturgeon.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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Compare to the sleep headset from Ringworld (1970) by Larry Niven and deep sleep from Lies, Inc. (1964) by Philip K. Dick.

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