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"It was [H.G. Wells'] adolescent fiction, his imaginative stories, that live forever - and yet are not acknowledged in literature classes as being great literature. So to hell with the academics!"
- Greg Bear

Wine Pellets  
  Fine wine in convenient, dried form.  

...two men stepped through an opening slide-door. One was young and dressed in the single brown garment of a worker. His head bent obsequiously over a tray on which rested a cluster of rose-red cubes. He hurried from one to the other, offering the cubes with averted gaze...

They swallowed the tiny wine pellets, and a sparkle came into their eyes with the coursing of the concentrated stimulant through their veins. Captain Arles sat stiffly, ignored in the general chatter. Technics were not allowed to drink.

From Redmask of the Outlands, by Nat Schachner.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1934
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Compare to the compact food pastilles from The Senator's Daughter (1879) by Edward Page Mitchell.

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