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"One could imagine a very ascetic sort of life ... where the body is ignored. This is something I've played with in my books, where people hate to be reminded sometimes that they have bodies, they find it very slow and tedious."
- William Gibson

Gee Bath  
  Essentially a waterbed designed to help older or untrained people cope with high acceleration aboard spacecraft.  

Both Niven and Pournelle are Heinlein fans; they may well have remembered this one from RAH novels.

At four gravities, nobody walked, nobody lifted anything.,,

Bury was in the gee bath: a film of highly elastic Mylar over liquid. Only his face and hands showed above the curved surface. His face looked old - it almost showed his true age.

From The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle).
Published by Simon & Schuster in 1974
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For the earliest example of this piece of technovelgy, see cider press, from Double Star, by Robert Heinlein.

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