speeds below light-speed
The Hirokan spacer braked fiercely down from the dark gamma radiation of faster than light…and into the invisibility of sublight.
On Conquered Earth in Worlds of If December 43/1
The pilot’s flagship deployed some of the newcomers along the entire D-line front while keeping the original ships at sub-light.
Jungle of Stars 110
‘At sublight, they may be faster, but we can still out-maneuver them. Hold on!’ Suddenly the Corellian shifted his ship’s course.
Empire Strikes Back 74
'Twould be better to stay at sublight.
Entropy Effect iii. 76
So why was I still clicking along at sublight?
Battlestations! viii. 158
The ship was capable of running on its own power indefinitely in sublight, or making a single warp jump between short sprints before recharging.
Death of Sleep (1992) 300
Yeah, could we slow to sublight now?
Second Star v. 114
Nuwen had spent his life crawling at sublight between human-colonized star systems.
Fire upon Deep viii. 50
At the point of crossing from sublight to FTL, the traveler disappears from this universe, but there is no energy flash to account for the destruction of the matter. We postulate that the traveler switches places with a doppelganger, one that does not exist in real space-time, so we don’t see it.
Queen's Squadron 65
The Pasadena’s flight clocks had to be in sync with each other as well as with the outside, but not just for timing torch bursts for sublight navigation. Navigation past light speed was impossible. To change direction, they would have to drop down to sublight, change the ship’s flight angle and jump again.
Fool's War ii. 44
We could take Titan into the inner system at high warp, drop to sublight just long enough to treat that flying weapon to a brace of quantum torpedoes, and then throttle back up to warp nine or better before they even know what hit them.
Seize the Fire v. 89
J. Chalker 'A Jungle of Stars'
Research HistoryEnoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1993 reprint of Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep"; Malcolm Farmer verified the cite in the 1992 first edition.
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye's 1990 "The Death of Sleep".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1980 cite from Donald Glut's "The Empire Strikes Back".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1992 cite from R.M. Meluch's "The Queen's Squadron".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1976 cite from Jack Chalker's "A Jungle of Stars".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1991 cite from Dana Stabenow's "Second Star".
Douglas Winston submitted a 1997 cite from Sarah Zettel's "Fool's War".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1967 cite from J.K. Klein in Worlds of If.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2011 cite from Michael A. Martin.
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