Need to Identify a Science Fiction Author and Book

I read this science fiction book several years ago and would like to

find it again: it's a collection of short stories about a futuristic

society where people strive torward immortality by "sleeping" for

years or decades and spending only a fews days awake at a time. The

richer the person, the more they can afford to sleep and the longer

they live. The "oldest" person is called "mother", and she is only

awake one day every hundred years, or something like that. The only

other thing I seem to recall is that the "sleep" in induced by some

drug and the person's memories are stored in some sort of "bubble".

This is not a novel — I think it is a collection of short stories

that never quite made it into a full novel. Thanks for any help!

Request for Question Clarification bypinkfreud-ga

It always helps to have a timeframe. Approximately how old would you

estimate this book to be? Do you remember when you read it? The

nationality of the author? Any additional details that you can recall

would be useful.

Clarification of Question bycrispyx2-ga

I'll esimate it's 1980's or early 90's, not from the 21st century. I

read it in the last 5-10 years.

Clarification of Question bycrispyx2-ga

Oh, and the author is almost certainly north american or british.

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