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.
The pilot’s flagship deployed some of the newcomers along the entire D-line front while keeping the original ships at sub-light.
‘At sublight, they may be faster, but we can still out-maneuver them. Hold on!’ Suddenly the Corellian shifted his ship’s course.
'Twould be better to stay at sublight.
So why was I still clicking along at sublight?
The ship was capable of running on its own power indefinitely in sublight, or making a single warp jump between short sprints before recharging.
Yeah, could we slow to sublight now?
Nuwen had spent his life crawling at sublight between human-colonized star systems.
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.
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.
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.
J. Chalker 'A Jungle of Stars'
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