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"I think we're still on that topic, still trying to figure out what computers are, how they change us, why we use them."
- Neal Stephenson

Deceleration Paste  
  Antidote for deceleration trauma.  

This is such a great cyberpunk grunge idea. Forget about all that cumbersome "webbing" you read about. Also, lots of problems can develop with elaborate "booster-style" systems to cut velocity.

They shipped Lindsay into exile in the cheapest kind of Mechanist drogue. For two days he was blind and deaf, stunned with drugs, his body packed in a thick matrix of deceleration paste.

Launched from the Republic's cargo arm, the drogue had drifted with cybernetic precision into the polar orbit of another circumlunar. There were ten of these worlds, named for the lunar mares and craters that had provided their raw materials. They'd been the first nation states to break off all relations with the exhausted Earth.

From Schismatrix, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by Arbor House in 1985
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Just imagine the huge "squelch" when you landed!

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