jump v.

to journey through hyperspace n.; to engage in any (nearly) instantaneous travel over a long distance; cf. jump n.


  • 1952 I. Asimov Currents of Space in Astounding Science Fiction Oct. 67/2 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    It’s different in different places and we have to know exactly what it is in order to allow ships to calculate exactly how to jump through hyperspace.

  • 1954 A. Budrys Deckplate Blues in Fantastic Universe Mar. 122/2 page image Algis Budrys

    In another moment the Baltimore would….have to jump back into hyperspace.

  • 1955 ‘J. T. McIntosh’ Big Hop in Authentic Science Fiction June 4/1 page image J. T. McIntosh bibliography

    The vast city stretching beneath the ship meant that hyper-space travel had been achieved. Some time after the Hope had left Earth, it had been discovered how to jump through space without painstakingly covering every inch of the way.

  • 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.

  • 1974 L. Niven & J. Pournelle Mote in God’s Eye 103 Larry Niven Jerry Pournelle bibliography

    First Jump was routine. The transfer point to Murcheson’s Eye was well located. New Caledonia was a magnificent white point source in the moment before MacArthur Jumped. Then Murcheson’s Eye was a wide red glare the size of a baseball held at arm’s length.

  • 1979 D. Adams Hitch Hiker’s Guide to Galaxy vi. 48 Douglas Adams bibliography

    Secondly, we are about to jump into hyperspace for the journey to Barnard’s Star.

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

    The ship was doing about ten ultrajumps per second: jump, recompute and jump again.

  • 1995 D. W. Smith & K. K. Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape iv. 39 Dean Wesley Smith Kristine Kathryn Rusch bibliography

    She turned to Kim. ‘We had to have done something to trigger this ship to jump. We need to find that trigger.’

  • 2015 A. D. Foster Force Awakens iv. 55 page image Alan Dean Foster bibliography

    That needed to change, Poe knew, or they would never get the chance to jump to lightspeed.

Research requirements

antedating 1952

Earliest cite

Isaac Asimov, "The Currents of Space"

Research History
Matthew Hoyt submitted a cite from a 1978 reprint of Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War"; Mike Christie verified the cite in a 1976 edition.
Edwdard Bornstein submitted a 1974 cite from Niven and Pournelle's "The Mote in God's Eye".
Tom Whitmore submitted a 1952 cite from Isaac Asimov's "The Currents of Space".
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 1991 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon's 1990 "Sassinak".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2015 cite from Alan Dean Foster's "Force Awakens" novelization.

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