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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

Gee Bath  
  Essentially a waterbed designed to help older or untrained people cope with high acceleration aboard spacecraft.  

Both Niven and Pournelle are Heinlein fans; they may well have remembered this one from RAH novels.

At four gravities, nobody walked, nobody lifted anything.,,

Bury was in the gee bath: a film of highly elastic Mylar over liquid. Only his face and hands showed above the curved surface. His face looked old - it almost showed his true age.

From The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven (w/J. Pournelle).
Published by Simon & Schuster in 1974
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For the earliest example of this piece of technovelgy, see cider press, from Double Star, by Robert Heinlein.

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