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"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
- Larry Niven

Acceleration Hammock  
  Webbing used to cushion acceleration in spacecraft.  

This is a pretty early use of this phrase in sf.

Ethel, still slumped in the cushioned chair, swayed and Wyatt leaped forward to catch her before she fell. Lifting her in one arm he placed her gently in one of the acceleration hammocks. This done, he removed a gas mask from a cabinet, held his breath while he slipped it on.
From Pioneer - 1957, by Henry Gade.
Published by Fantastic Adventures in 1939
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Compare to the shock hammock from Habit (1939) by Lester del Rey and the webfoam cradle from The Man in the Maze (1969) by Robert Silverberg.

See the article for acceleration shell from The Forever War by Joe Haldeman for more information about the effects of acceleration on human beings.

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