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"Science Fiction is speculative fiction in which the author takes as his first postulate the real world as we know it, including all established facts and natural laws."
- Robert Heinlein

Eternity Drug  
  A medication that puts a person into a deep hibernation-like sleep for decades at a time.  

This is another variation on the idea of cold rest, or cold sleep.

Unfortunately, however, the Eternity drug had unpleasant side-effects for about ten percent of the people who used it.

Poor, brave Pelham. Inventor of the Eternity drug, that had made the great plunge into interstellar space possible, he lay dead now from his own invention.
From Far Centaurus, by A.E. van Vogt.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1944
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If patients survive the initial dose, many more doses for much longer sleep can be tolerated.

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