the ordinary universe; space that exists outside of hyperspace, wormholes, or other notional regions used for faster-than-light travel
There is no energy interface between realspace and nospace, no opportunity for any kind of electromagnetic intrusion. That much had been amply demonstrated long before any manned voyages were undertaken.
All it needed was someone overshooting minimum, some over hasty ass coming into realspace too close to the point, and they and the newcomer would cease to exist in any rational sense, shredded here and there.
But she saw too little of realspace these days; and the otherspace in which ships moved while in warp was a wavering, uneasy vista, not pleasant to look at at all.
Hyperspace is coterminous with realspace: each point in realspace is associated with a unique point in hyperspace, and adjacent points in realspace are adjacent in hyperspace.
Some blamed it on an arms race run amok, a new weapon that ripped open the fabric of realspace and created the Fissure, a three-dimensional rectangle of light.
In theory, it was possible to hit a gate from the realspace side at the perfect angle and make the transit through the intervening space in a straight line.
The sense 'the physical world; personal meeting, in contrast to online communication' is interesting, but later and not SF.
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