a speed faster than the speed of light
In 1951 quot., used figuratively.
His eyes were sharply surveying every visible inch of the liner, searching for possible sources of danger. His thoughts were rushing at hyperspeed, sifting every possible angle in search of a potential trap.
He Knew What He Wanted in Fantastic Adventures Dec. 65/2
The dark blob was the battleship Euripides of the Sol Confederation Fleet, and the flicker occurred as it slowed from hyper-speed at the end of its long journey.
Firebird in New Worlds Aug. 96
The acceleration of a hyperspeed ship would knock my shipmate into complete prostration.
Death Between the Stars in Fantastic Universe Mar. 72/1
The leap to hyperspeed was smooth, indicating the engineer knew his job.
Mine Host, Mine Adversary in Fantastic Universe Oct. 8/2
We can’t use the hyper-speed drive except perhaps once as a demonstration…. The Space Jump is risky; it’s fearfully prodigal of energy and therefore it’s enormously expensive.
Feminine Intuition in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 8/1
Sometime in the last centon…the ship seems to have slipped away. It did have hyperspeed capacity, and we can only suppose that the prisoners somehow managed to wrest control of the vessel.
Battlestar Galactica: Armageddon xx. 247
Do you have any idea how much this will cost to fix? Or how much it’s going to cost us in acceleration and hyper speed until it is?
Act of War in In Fire Forged 92
‘E.K. Jarvis’ (a group pseudonym used by multiple writers; actual author unknown) in Fantastic Adventures
Research HistoryBen Ostrowsky submitted a 2011 cite from Timothy Zahn.
Jesse Sheidlower found a figurative 1951 example in Fantastic Adventures, in a not-visible online search result; Jacek Dobrzyniecki confirmed it from a different copy of the source.
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