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"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
- Neal Stephenson

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

See also the entry for Cosmoline from this story.

I just flew in on one of those after eight months in the vac, four going out, three back. Seven blissful months in timeout, stuffed in a dark tube and soaked in Cosmoline.
From War Dogs, by Greg Bear.
Published by Orbit in 2014
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