faster than light adv.

at a speed faster than that of light

SF Encyclopedia


  • 1928 Amazing Stories Aug. 471 page image

    The problem of the traveler traveling faster than light is always an interesting one, but it falls into the class of mental gymnastics.

  • 1934 E. E. Smith Skylark of Valeron in Astounding Stories Aug. 20/1 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    An atomic explosion starting on the surface and propagating downward would hardly develop enough power to drive anything material much, if any, faster than light, and no explosion wave, however violent, can exceed that velocity.

  • 1936 ‘C. Dane’ American Fairy Tales in Fortnightly Apr. 469

    It describes supermen who can become invisible, can travel faster than light, who can take themselves and their entire ship’s company on travels beyond our universe altogether, and after some sixty million years of adventures, arrive back the day before they started.

  • 1936 J. W. Campbell Uncertainty in Amazing Stories Oct. 19/2 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    ‘No, no, you asteroid—that’s not it. He went off faster than light itself!’ ‘Eh—what? Faster than light? That can’t be done—’

  • 1939 D. D. Sharp in Marvel Science Stories Feb. 84/2

    I knew in my heart all those years that Moleri was there somewhere in the space before my eyes, faster than light, leaving no reflection for my scope to touch.

  • 1939 Astounding Science Fiction July 68 (heading)

    ‘Go to the ant, thou sluggard!’ mightn’t have been such bad advice—if he went to the army ant for the secret of signaling faster than light!

  • 1941 Astounding Science Fiction June 61/2

    Got that old-style ether-cloud steering for hyper-space travel, though—you know—the one that builds etheric resistance on one bow or the other to turn the ship when she’s traveling faster than light?

  • 1966 L. Niven in If Oct. 17/2 Larry Niven

    Imagine light falling into a savagely steep gravitational well. It won’t accelerate. Light can’t move faster than light. But it can gain in energy, in frequency.

  • 1969 M. Z. Bradley Brass Dragon (1980) viii. 149 Marion Zimmer Bradley bibliography

    Very likely their interstellar ships went faster than light.

  • 1980 M. A. Rothman On Faster-Than-Light Paradoxes in Asimov’s Science Fiction May 91 page image

    Some of these authors assume there is some way of transmitting a signal faster than light—even instantaneously—over interstellar distances.

  • 2004 J. P. Kelly On the Net: FTL in Asimov’s Science Fiction July 12/1 page image

    Give us a way to send our information faster than light.

Research requirements

antedating 1928

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1952 cite from Robert Heinlein's "The Year of the Jackpot".
Bill Seabrook located and Mike Christie confirmed a 1941 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "Artnan Process".
Rick Hauptmann submitted a July 1939 cite from John Campbell's introduction to Nelson Bond's "Lightship Ho!"
Rick Hauptmann submitted a February 1939 cite from D. D. Sharp's "Faster Than Light".
Brian Ameringen submitted a cite from a 1966 reprint of John Campbell's "Uncertainty"; we would like to check the original appearance in the October 1936 Amazing Stories.
Fred Galvin located an April 1936 cite from an article "American Fairy-Tales" by Clemence Dane (pseud. for Winifred Ashton), which Jeff Prucher verified in the original printing.
Fred Galvin located a cite in a 1984 reprint of E.E. "Doc" Smith's "Skylark of Valeron"; we would like to check the original appearance in the August 1934 Astounding Stories.

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