jump n.

a journey through hyperspace n.; any (nearly) instantaneous travel over a large distance; cf. jump v.


  • 1932 J. W. Campbell Invaders from the Infinite in Amazing Stories Quarterly Spring 217/2 page image John W. Campbell, Jr. bibliography

    So far behind them now as to be almost lost in the far scattered universes, lay their own Island, and carefully they photographed and marked it. Then they photographed the Universe that now lay less than twenty million light years ahead. […] Carefully, running forward in jumps of five million light years, forty-five second drives, they worked nearer.

  • 1945 I. Asimov Dead Hand in Astounding Science-Fiction Apr. 57/2 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    In grasshopper jumps of increasing magnitude, the trade ship was spanning the Galaxy in its return to the Foundation.

  • 1952 I. Asimov Currents of Space in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 113/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    It took hours to reach a point far enough from star-mass distortion of the space fabric to make a Jump possible.

  • 1965 S. R. Delany Ballad of Beta-2 13 Samuel R. Delany bibliography

    Their technical means would not suffice for an interplanetary jump of more than six or seven million miles.

  • 1966 S. Delany Babel-17 iii. iv. 152 Samuel R. Delany bibliography

    You wouldn’t think something that’s so flimsy and shakes around like that would fly or make stasis jumps.

  • 1974 J. Haldeman Forever War (1976) 185 Joe Haldeman bibliography

    From Kaph-35 we jumped to Samk-78, from there to Ayin-129 and finally to Sade-138. Most of the jumps were no more than a few hundred light years, but the last one was 140,000—supposedly the longest collapsar jump ever made by a manned craft.

  • 1979 D. Adams Hitch Hiker’s Guide to Galaxy vi. 49 Douglas Adams bibliography

    ‘No, don’t move…you'd better be prepared for the jump into hyperspace. It’s unpleasantly like being drunk.’ ‘What’s so unpleasant about being drunk?’ ‘You ask a glass of water.’

  • 1980 D. Brin Sundiver v.xiv. 146 David Brin bibliography

    Maybe people were more naturally intimate when they left Earth for the long Jump on Calypso.

  • 1990 A. McCaffrey & J. L. Nye Death of Sleep (1992) 300 Anne McCaffrey Jody Lynn Nye bibliography

    The ship was capable of running on its own power indefinitely in sublight, or making a single warp jump between short sprints before recharging.

  • 1992 V. Vinge Fire upon Deep (1993) 242 Vernor Vinge bibliography

    In this part of The Beyond they could go a thousandth of a light-year on each jump—farther, but then the recompute time would be substantially worse.

  • 1995 A. Thomson Color of Distance (1999) viii. 84 Amy Thomson bibliography

    Was the mother ship gone as well? Had the Kotani Maru made the jump to hyperspace? Could they still come back for her?

  • 2004 L. Evans & J. Ringo Road to Damascus ii. 24 Linda Evans John Ringo bibliography

    Private yachts that weren’t designed for hyper-L hops that long and dangerous. Merchant ships shot to pieces before they made the jump out.

  • 2016 A. Freed Rogue One: Star Wars Story 239 page image Alexander Freed bibliography

    Prepare the jump to hyperspace.

Research requirements

antedating 1932

Earliest cite

J.W. Campbell, in Amazing Stories Quarterly

Research History
Mike Christie found a citation in a 1973 reprint of Isaac Asimov's "The Currents of Space"; and subsequently verified the cite in the 1952 first magazine appearance based on correspondence with Tom Whitmore.
Eva Snyder submitted a 1965 cite from Delany's "The Ballad of Beta-2".
Charlie Petit submitted a cite from a 1974 reprint of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1951 first edition, and also verified that the cite does not appear in the 1942 original magazine publication.
Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1995 reprint of Isaac Asimov's story "Escape"; Mike Christie verified the original August 1945 magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1993 reprint of Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep".
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Douglas Adams' "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1979 first edition.
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye's 1990 "The Death of Sleep".
Katrina Campbell submitted a 1981 cite from Bob Shaw's "Galactic Tours: Thomas Cook Out of This World Vacations".
Brandon Ray submitted a cite from Isaac Asimov's "Dead Hand"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the April 1945 first magazine appearance.
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1984 reprint of Norman Spinrad's 1983 "The Void Captain's Tale".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2004 from Linda Evans and John Ringo.

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