occurring below the speed of light; (also) relating to travel at speeds below the speed of light
The crew prepared for the blackout that always occurred when the drive passed from supra-light to sub-light speed.
Inexorable Laws in New Worlds Oct. 59/2
They were in the eight-minus level, apparently. Later, when he found a reference to the manufacture of radioactives, he quickly revised it to six-minus, knowing that these people were on the verge of Newtonian sub-light space travel.
Shadow on Sand in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 14/1
The shells have to be hypered themselves, of course, or they would revert to sublight velocity and be left behind as soon as they emerged from the drive field.
Margin of Profit in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 51/2
1969 Amazing Stories Mar. 58/2
Port Abell just received an FTL probe saying that he was approaching the system at maximum sub-light speed.
A sublight message?… Now what?
in Galaxy Magazine Mar. 102/2
A very archaic type, Captain. Sublight space.
Star Trek 8 146
A typical battle maneuver consists of several minutes or hours of complex evasive patterns of the warp in the stress field, interrupted by a sudden unwarping—with the ship bouncing off in a totally unexpected direction and at sublight speed—followed by the almost immediate launching of its missiles.
I urged the massive beast into sublight movement.
Dreadnought! viii. 199
The kzinti hurled a sublight fleet out of Alpha Centauri at variable intervals, but years apart, since one way or another they always lost heavily in the sanguinary campaigns that followed.
Iron in L. Niven et al. Man-Kzin Wars (1989) . 47
Spock heard the familiar crackle of sublight communications.
Vulcan’s Forge xxvii. 306
When people from the Wheah made the slow sublight journey through the Tongue they—obviously—chose its narrowest point.
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a cite from a 1993 reprint of Dan Simmons' "Hyperion".
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1991 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon's 1990 "Sassinak".
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of Anne McCaffrey's "The Weather on Welladay"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1969 original magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of Poul Anderson's "The High Crusade"; Mike Christie verified the cite in a 1968 reprint. We would like to check the 1960 first edition.
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a reprint of a John Clute review; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1973 first magazine appearance.
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of Richard Meredith's "We All Died At Breakaway Station"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1969 first magazine appearance.
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1985 reprint of David Gerrold's 1972 "Starhunt".
Dave Langford submitted a 1956 cite from Poul Anderson's "Margin of Profit".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1963 reprint of John D. Macdonald's story "Shadow on the Sand", and Mike Christie verified it in the 1950 original publication.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1947 cite from New Worlds.
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