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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Tube Rack  
  A hotel consisting of a set of stacked tube-like living spaces.  

He and Wynne were living in a tube rack in Battersea. She could have afforded better; he insisted that they live within their means. There were about two hundred plastic sleep tubes stacked in what had once been a warehouse. Each was three meters long; the singles were a meter and a half in diameter, the doubles two. Each was furnished with a locker beneath a gel matress, a telelink terminal and a water bubbler passing for a sink. There was always a line for the showers. The toilets stank.
From Solstice, by James Patrick Kelly.
Published by Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction in 1985
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Interesting take on the coffin hotels idea.

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