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"...a market economy is essentially a genetic algorithm for solving resource allocation problems..."
- Charles Stross

Tranquilizing Gum  
  Chewing gum with a tranquilizing agent.  

Joe Chip has had a bad day; he's just taken his dead employer to the Beloved Bretheren Moratorium to see if it's not too late for half-life.

"...calm yourself," Von Vogelsang opened the glove compartment of the chopper's control panel; he handed Joe a merry multicolored box. "Chew one of these, Mr. Chip."

"Tranquilizing gum," Joe said, accepting the box; reflexively he opened it. "Peach-flavored tranquilizing gum."

From Ubik, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1969
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