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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
Sleeper Ship

A ship containing a full complement of personnel intended to make a sub-light journey accross space.

Since such journeys take years, or even decades, the passengers, and sometimes the crew are put into lo-berths/hibernation for the duration of the journey.

Such ships are smaller than Generation Ships, where the passengers and crew live full lives during the journey.

The two terms Sleeper Ship and Generation Ship are often, incorrectly, interchanged and used to refer to either type of ship.

Refs: IMTU