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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Moratorium  
  A place that kept people in cold-pac after death, providing them a kind of half-life.  

Cold-pac provided a kind of life after death; loved ones gathered to speak to those who have (almost) moved on.

In the consultation lounge several customers no communed with their half-lifer relations, in rapt quiet... It was a tranquil sight, these faithfuls, coming as they did so regularly to pay homage. They brought messages, news of what took place in the outside world; they cheered the gloomy half-lifers in these intervals of cerebral activity. And - they paid Herbert Schoenheit von Vogelsang. It was a profitable business, operating a moratorium.
From Ubik, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1969
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