a spaceship drive that enables travel faster than the speed of light; (also) the state of such travel; cf. hyperspace n.
1946 Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec. 8
Once again Kim takes off in the Starshine with its hyper-drive to do battle in defense of the Second Galaxy.
Since the first imperfect Hyper Drive was constructed, the government has spared no effort here.
Little Lost Robot in Astounding Science-Fiction Mar. 112/1
1949 Startling Stories Jan. 10
Construction is still going on and, through a worker’s accident, the ship, still incomplete and utterly unarmed, is sent flashing into the ‘other’ space, a universe of complete darkness, in which its hyper-drive operates.
If they had had the hyperdrive that far back, they would have visited the Sol sector by now.
Entity in Astounding Science Fiction June 62/1
By the time you’re clear of Curbstone’s gravitic field and slip into hyper-drive, the new ship’ll be waiting for passengers.
Stars are the Styx in Galaxy Oct. 79/2
A shot of a space vessel picking up speed into hyperdrive.
Cage 29 June in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ (1968) iv. 65
A spaceship traveling at half the speed of light on planetary drive, and three times the speed of light on hyperdrive, expected to call in at three widely separated stars—and I can’t figure out how long they'd be in space each way.
Brass Dragon (1980) iii. 49
There wasn’t even a theoretical basis for faster-than-light travel. We never did invent hyperdrive, if you'll recall. We'd never have discovered it by accident, either, because we'd never have thought to do our experiments out beyond the singularity.
After all, with the hyperdrive opening endless wonders to them, spacefarers tended to choose the most obviously glamorous.
A Little Knowledge in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Aug. 108/2
He was scared into hyperdrive.
The commander of the hyperdrive warship Outsider’s Gift sat back and relaxed for the first time in weeks as his craft broke through into normal space.
Asteroid Queen in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars III (1992) . 166
So I slammed the Blackbird into hyperdrive and listened to the banshee wail as the old ship shuddered and leaped into the fourth dimension.
Steel Beach (1993) 332
1993 SFRA Rev. May 103
The roar of the Millennium Falcon’s hyperdive engines reinforce my desire for more of Zahn’s books of long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Or that so many people have see ‘Star Trek’ or other ‘sci-fi’ movies in which starships use hyperdrive to exceed the speed of light that there is no need to give any details about such fictitious concepts.
Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells vi. 43
However the hyperdrive works, it must be based on manipulating the multidimensionality of space.
Ring (1996) . 65
Both ships slipped out of reality using the Quantum Shift Effect, even as they rocketed into hyperdrive.
Battlestar Galactica: Armageddon xix. 237
Sixty-three per cent of the components were fabricated on Augusta, including the wormhole generator mechanism which would act as the hyperdrive.
Pandora’s Star v. 126
Research HistoryBill Seabrook located and Mike Christie confirmed a 1950 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "The Stars Are The Styx".
Mike Christie submitted a 1949 cite from Poul Anderson and John Gergen's "Entity".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite for "hyper-drive" from an editorial blurb in the January 1949 Startling Stories for the next issue's publication of Murray Leinster's "The Black Galaxy".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a cite for "hyper-drive" from an editorial blurb in the December 1946 Thrilling Wonder Stories for the next issue's publication of Murray Leinster's "The Manless Worlds".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1948 cite from Isaac Asimov's "Little Lost Robot".
Earliest cite in the OED: 1955.
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