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"I'm a fairly visual thinker. In doing science, I think in terms of pictures of things happening, and then do the mathematics."
- Gregory Benford

Resting Pits  
   

Graduate Studies looked like soap bubbles: foamcrete sprayed over inflation frames. There was little of military flavor inside. More like a museum. The reception room was gigantic, with a variety of chairs and couches and swings and resting pits for aliens and humans: designs borrowed from the Draco Tavern without my permission.
Technovelgy from Limits, by Larry Niven.
Published by Del Rey in 1985
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This is from the short story Folk Tale - one of the Draco Tavern stories by Niven.

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