War Dogs by Greg Bear:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Excellent novel provides first person narration of the conflict on Mars that develops in this relatively near-future Earth story after apparently friendly aliens give the people of Earth (and the military) some new technology for space exploration. Highly recommended. Select an invention:

Cosmoline (Warm Sleep)
Special gel that offers healing and hibernation for space travelers.

Oxygen Fountain
A small factory for making oxygen on the Martian surface.

Puff (Puff Balls)
Material that is used to help Skyrines dropped to the surface of Mars get rid of some of that excess velocity.

Skintight
Specialized space suit for low atmospheric pressure environments like Mars.

Timeout
The part of a Skyrene's life that is spent in Warm Sleep travel between Earth and the destination planet.

 

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