a communication system that transmits messages faster than the speed of light; (also) a wave phenomenon used by such devices
Then I saw the deadly little ultra-wave projector in Satsuma’s yellow hand, an ominous bluish glow flickering about the point of the the tube…. ‘You don’t dare use that!’ I shot at him. A pencil of blue hissed at me, for answer. A hot needle of pain seared across my shoulder; smoke of burned flesh and fabric burst from me. I still wear the mark of Satsuma’s ray.]
Red Slag of Mars in Wonder Stories Quarterly Spring 402/2
The Captain gasped—his ultra-wave observer and sometime clerk was Lyman Cleveland himself, probably the greatest living expert in beam transmission!
Triplanetary in Amazing Stories Jan. 33/2
The radio signals came through on the ultrawave every so often, but the pep-talk description of the thrilling contest for endurance racing didn’t mean much when I put it up against the facts.
Habit in L. del Rey Early del Rey (1975) 64
The news that the Terminus City ultrawave set received two hours ago.
Foundation Trilogy–Foundation . i. 40
Use the ultrawave sets there to contact other portions of the planet.
Foundation Trilogy–Foundation . vi. 122
Kerrel’s face appeared on the small screen. There was no need now for the ultra-wave and the ordinary visiphone unit had been cut in.
Starmen of Llyrdis in Startling Stories Mar. 60/1
If I were to send orders by ultrawave to my Three Ghosts agent, he'd have to wait three hundred and twenty-four years to get them.
Beep in Galaxy Science Fiction Feb. 15/1
To the east is the laboratory where the tachyon-beam ultrawave communications equipment is being fabricated—a small pink dome which usually contains ten or a dozen technicians, patiently assembling the devices with which Krug hopes to send messages to the stars.
Tower of Glass in Galaxy Mag. Apr. 57/1
That, coupled with what he would make off the Largess expedition, ought to provide enough to refinish the entire screen. Plus getting an ultrawave booster for Ben, the Umbra’s comm operator.
Jefri thinks it may be possible to use the ship’s ultrawave to call for help from others like his parents.
Fire upon Deep xiv. 93
I sent Boomerang messages on Ultrawave—to find out if anything’s left of the Milky Way after the Xion attack.
Lethal Combat i. 3
Doc Smith, "Triplanetary"
Research HistoryRalf Brown located, and Douglas Winston and Lawrence Watt-Evans independently submitted, a cite from a reprint of Robert Silverberg's "Tower of Glass"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1970 first magazine appearance.
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1976 reprint of Leigh Brackett's 1951 "The Starmen of Llyrdis"; Mike Christie verified it in the original magazine appearance.
Ralf Brown located a cite in an electronic text of Alan Dean Foster's 1973 "Bloodhype", and David Dyer-Bennet verified it in a paper copy.
Ralf Brown suggested "Beep", by James Blish: Mike Christie submitted a cite from its 1954 first publication.
From an online etext, Dan Tilque suggested E.E. Doc Smith's "Triplanetary": we would be like to see cites from the first print publication; Jesse Sheidlower confirmed this in the January 1934 issue of Amazing Stories.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2012 cite from Max Chase.
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