"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
This particular device was used on a Moon shuttle.
Compare to the drinking bulb from Larry Niven's 1966 short story The Warriors (although most readers probably remember it from his 1971 novel Ringworld). In Niven's Known Space, drinking bulbs were used by everyone, even on planets.
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