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.
In grasshopper jumps of increasing magnitude, the trade ship was spanning the Galaxy in its return to the Foundation.
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 took hours to reach a point far enough from star-mass distortion of the space-fabric to make a jump possible.
Their technical means would not suffice for an interplanetary jump of more than six or seven million miles.
You wouldn’t think something that’s so flimsy and shakes around like that would fly or make stasis jumps.
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.
‘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.’
Maybe people were more naturally intimate when they left Earth for the long Jump on Calypso.
It is only when the tourist first sets eyes on an interstellar ship that he gets an inkling of the difference in scale between ‘planet-hopping’ within the solar system and the taking of the Big Jump across the void to the vicinity of another star.
The ship was capable of running on its own power indefinitely in sublight, or making a single warp jump between short sprints before recharging.
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.
Was the mother ship gone as well? Had the Kotani Maru made the jump to hyperspace? Could they still come back for her?
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.
J.W. Campbell, in Amazing Stories Quarterly
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