a dimension or other theoretical region that coexists with our own but typically has different physical laws, esp. such a region that allows an object to travel through it such that the total journey occurs at faster-than-light speeds; cf. hyperdrive n.
Originally a term in mathematics for a space having more than three dimensions.
Are we not justified in supposing, by the analogy of the reversibility of reactions in chemistry, that the boundary lines of space and hyper-space may not be so rigidly drawn as we have supposed?
We have discovered by my synthesis the factors necessary to produce a disturbance of spatial relation. We see they they may occur in nature; that under certain conditions, by the aid of lightning as well as by my tube, there may be produced the globules of hyper-space, which then seek each other out—flow together—and travel in vague and erratic fashion, as they may be drawn here and there by one influence or another. They seek each other out, not by any attraction but by the simple and all-powerful law of chance—the result of an infinity of chances—the most inexorable law of any universe. They seek each other out and flow together;—you will remember that.
Well we would be stuck if we didn’t have this new method, for the acceleration would take too long. However, in the hyperspace we are going into, a new condition exists. Well you go into a hyperspace and move at any speed you please. I wonder then, how are you going to see where you are going?
I can fold Space as readily as you double a sheet of paper. I can reach through hyper-space where distance means nothing.
Each exists in its own time and space, just as our universe does. But each must also exist in a certain—well, hyper-space, because if closed spaces are separated, there must be some sort of something in between them, else they would be together.
Wouldn’t have surprised me much if we'd been clear out of the known Universe. Hyperspace is funny that way, they say.
As soon as he was out of the planet’s effective space warp, he slipped into hyperspace and traveled toward Procyon and its dark companion at many times the speed of light.
The hyper-space machine at Gribe Schloss will be completed in February, 1941.
He had steeled himself just a little for the Jump through hyper-space, a phenomenon one did not experience in simple interplanetary trips. The Jump remained, and would probably remain forever, the only practical method of travelling between the stars.
It was a sub-space survey report—normal space being subspace with respect to their ship, the Wilson Langford, in hyperspace—and seemed to be routine enough at first glance.
Instead of holding the field within it, completely enclosed, the big one will affect the space all about it. We will then be enclosed in what might be called a hyperspace of our own making.
They'd only been gone sixty years when the hyperspace drive became a large-scale reality.
Then to hit your first star’s fourth planet, you have to come out of drive after seven weeks, two days and twenty-two and a half hours—that’s allowing for your standard time-mass drift inside hyperspace, see?
So the battle fleet had arrayed itself. Ships kept watch over the five local layers of hyperspace, over nearby transfer points, over the cometary time-drop nexi.
One giant enemy mothership had been destroyed, but another had come out of nowhere (or hyperspace, which amounted to the same thing).
A year went by. Well, sort of a year, though my ducking in and out of the fourth dimension and hyperspace royally screwed all my clocks.
I have repaired hyperspace beacons from one arm of the galaxy to the other and was sure I had worked on every type or model made.
The rumor a ship appearing…without long-range effect on the fabric of hyperspace, had flown like lightning among the crew.
Was the mother ship gone as well? Had the Kotani Maru made the jump to hyperspace? Could they still come back for her?
Your vessel will be provided with the proper coordinates for a hyperspace jaunt that will take you to a system Kasimasta has recently entered.
Kirk Meadowcroft, "The Invisible Bubble"
(Earliest cite in the OED: 1947, though earlier cites exist for the mathematical sense "four dimensional space".)
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