a physical space subject to different physical laws from our own, typically allowing motion or communication at speeds greater than the speed of light
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.
Released Entropy in Astounding Stories Aug. 17/2
The repulsor elements tapped subspace, and hence were unimpeded by any waves in normal space time.
Crystallized Thought in Astounding Stories Aug. 103/2
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.
Vault of the Beast in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 56/2
Plastoid ports showed only the dead, tangible blackness of subspace; Sun, stars and planets were snuffed into nothingness.
in Astounding Science-Fiction May 111/1
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.
Pattern for Conquest in Astounding Science Fiction May 155/1
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.
Tomorrow is Yesterday in J. Blish Star Trek 2 26
We're receiving a subspace transmission.
Entropy Effect Prologue 6
Meanwhile, you do a chatter blitz on the subspace channels, the gossip wavelength.
Dwellers in Crucible v. 90
They just sent a tight-beam subspace transmission…a call for assistance.
Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor Prologue 11
The Federation had restricted their exploration of the Sphere entirely to surface mapping and long-range subspace scans.
Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere i. 3
You just can’t get that last little bit to [the speed of light], without totally violating the relativistic equations of spacetime. Therefore, the writers of Star Trek found a way around that, with an FTL (faster than light) propulsion system. In Star Trek, it’s called ‘Warp Drive’. Simply put, the warp ‘engines’ or ‘nacelles’ produce a subspace field around the vehicle, distorting spacetime. This distortion (or warp) allows the vehicle to travel hundreds or even thousands of times the speed of light, without all the aggravating relativistic effects of length contraction, time dilation and mass increase. So, instead of taking 4 years to get from Earth to Alpha Centauri, at Warp 3 it would take a little over a month. At warp 5 it would take a week, and at Warp 9, it would take a day.
Stars of Star Trek Oct. (unpaged shooting script)
Nat Schachner/Jack Williamson
Research HistoryMike 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". The use by two different authors in the same issue of a magazine suggests that earlier cites remain to be found.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2021 cite from James Albury.
(Earliest in OED: 1955 in SF sense, 1931 in math sense.)
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