hyperspatial adj.

in or relating to hyperspace n.

In use in mathematics since at least the 1850s; this entry only shows examples corresponding to the SF use of hyperspace n.



  • 1934 ‘M. Leinster’ Sidewise in Time in Astounding Science Fiction June 31/1 page image Murray Leinster bibliography

    We assume in some sense the existence of a hyper-space separating the closed spaces; hyper-spatial coördinates which mark their relative hyper-spatial positions.

  • 1940 N. S. Bond Scientific Pioneer Returns in Amazing Stories Nov. 101/2 page image Nelson S. Bond bibliography

    Him an’ a couple other guys named Einstein an’ Planck fiddled around with hyper-spatial mechanics an’ discovered some interestin’ things.

  • 1954 I. Asimov Foundation of S.F. Success in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 69 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    With a drive that’s hyperspatial, through the parsecs you will race.

  • 1957 A. Budrys War Is Over in Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 135/2 page image Algis Budrys bibliography

    Engines and hyperspatial generator functioning erratically, and ship definitely off course, though navigation at present impossible.

  • 1968 J. White Vertigo in J. Carnell New Writings in SF 12 30 page image James White bibliography

    In our own early days of spaceflight—before gravity control, hyperspatial travel and atomic motors made considerations of weight of little or no importance—vehicles had to be built as light as possible.

  • 1991 I. Asimov Forward the Foundation in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Nov. 53 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    I’ve even managed to make hyperspatial contact with some minor official.

  • 2010 C. M. Valente Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time in Melancholy of Mechagirl (2013) 59 page image Catherynne M. Valente bibliography

    In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was a high-density pre-baryogenesis singularity. Darkness lay over the deep and God moved upon the face of the hyperspatial matrix.

Research requirements

antedating 1934

Earliest cite

Murray Leinster, "Sidewise in Time", in Astounding

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1978 reprint of Theodore Sturgeon's 1951 story "The Travelling Crag".

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