subspace n.

a physical space subject to different physical laws from our own, typically allowing motion or communication at speeds greater than the speed of light

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Communications

  • 1937 J. Williamson Released Entropy in Astounding Stories Aug. 17/2 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    Yet, swift as was the Silver Bird, plunging through millions of miles in a second, drawn into a tiny subspace of her own by the field warp of the kappa coils, seven years had passed before she approached her destination.

  • 1937 N. Schachner Crystallized Thought in Astounding Stories Aug. 103/2 page image Nat Schachner bibliography

    The repulsor elements tapped subspace, and hence were unimpeded by any waves in normal space time.

  • 1940 Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 56/2

    Most Martian histories refer to it as the beast that fell from the sky when Mars was young—some terrible warning connected with it—the beast was unconscious when found—said to be the result of its falling out of sub-space.

  • 1941 H. Walton in Astounding Science Fiction May 111/1

    Plastoid ports showed only the dead, tangible blackness of subspace; Sun, stars and planets were snuffed into nothingness.

  • 1946 Astounding Science Fiction May 155/1

    We have the following observations regarding subspace: One is that the matter is unlike Terrene matter. The other is that there is a differential in time passage.

  • 1968 D. C. Fontana Tomorrow is Yesterday in J. Blish Star Trek 2 (1968) 26 D. C. Fontana

    Technically, the bubble of subspace in which the Enterprise was enclosed, which would have been moving at 64C had the bubble impossibility been in normal space at all.

  • 1981 V. N. McIntyre Entropy Effect Prologue 6 Vonda N. McIntyre

    We're receiving a subspace transmission.

  • 1982 S. Cooper Black Fire i. 28 Sonni Cooper bibliography

    She was having trouble with the subspace channels.

  • 1983 S. Marshak & M. Culbreath Triangle i.11 Sondra Marshak Myrna Culbreath bibliography

    Inform the Ambassador that he may have a channel to the Council when we are not under subspace silence.

  • 1985 M. W. Bonanno Dwellers in Crucible v. 90 Margaret Wander Bonanno

    Meanwhile, you do a chatter blitz on the subspace channels, the gossip wavelength.

  • 1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor Prologue 11 David Dvorkin Daniel Dvorkin bibliography

    They just sent a tight-beam subspace transmission…a call for assistance.

  • 1997 W. Shatner Avenger ii. 19 William Shatner

    A subspace concussion wave from the Bennett’s imploding warp drive slammed against the Enterprise ’s shields along with the escort’s debris.

  • 1999 C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere i. 3 George Zebrowski Charles Pellegrino bibliography

    The Federation had restricted their exploration of the Sphere entirely to surface mapping and long-range subspace scans.


Research requirements

antedating 1937

Earliest cite

Nat Schachner/Jack Williamson

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite.
Mike Christie submitted a 1940 cite from A.E. van Vogt's "The Vault of the Beast".
Fred Galvin submitted two cites from the August 1937 issue of Astounding : one from Nat Schachner's "Crystallized Thought", and one from Jack Williamson's "Released Entropy" (Use by two different authors in the same issue of a magazine suggests that ealier cites remain to be found)

(Earliest in OED: 1955 in SF sense, 1931 in math sense.)

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