Full record for subspace n.

Definition a physical space in which motion and communication are supposed to occur free of their usual limitations, or subject to different laws
OED requirements antedating 1937
Earliest cite Nat Schachner/Jack Williamson
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite.
Mike Christie submitted a 1940 cite from A.E. van Vogt's "The Vault of the Beast".
Fred Galvin submitted two cites from the August 1937 issue of Astounding : one from Nat Schachner's "Crystallized Thought", and one from Jack Williamson's "Released Entropy" (Use by two different authors in the same issue of a magazine suggests that ealier cites remain to be found)

(Earliest in OED: 1955 in SF sense, 1931 in math sense.)

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Citations for subspace n.

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1937 Astounding Stories Aug. 103/2 The repulsor elements tapped subspace, and hence were unimpeded by any waves in normal space time.
1937 Astounding Stories Aug. 17/2 Yet, swift as was the Silver Bird, plunging through millions of miles in a second, drawn into a tiny subspace of her own by the field warp of the kappa coils, seven years had passed before she approached her destination.
1940 Astounding Sci.-Fiction Aug. 56/2 Most Martian histories refer to it as the beast that fell from the sky when Mars was young—some terrible warning connected with it—the beast was unconscious when found—said to be the result of its falling out of sub-space.
1941 H. Walton in Astounding Sci. Fiction May 111/1 Plastoid ports showed only the dead, tangible blackness of subspace; Sun, stars and planets were snuffed into nothingness.
1946 Astounding Sci. Fiction May 155/1 We have the following observations regarding subspace: One is that the matter is unlike Terrene matter. The other is that there is a differential in time passage.
1968 D.C. Fontana Tomorrow is Yesterday in J. Blish Star Trek 2 (1968) 26 Technically, the bubble of subspace in which the Enterprise was enclosed, which would have been moving at 64C had the bubble impossibility been in normal space at all.
1981 V. N. McIntyre Entropy Effect Prologue6 We're receiving a subspace transmission.
1982 S. Cooper Black Fire i. 28 She was having trouble with the subspace channels.
1983 S. Marshak & M. Culbreath Triangle i.11 Inform the Ambassador that he may have a channel to the Council when we are not under subspace silence.
1985 M. W. Bonanno Dwellers in Crucible v. 90 Meanwhile, you do a chatter blitz on the subspace channels, the gossip wavelength.
1986 D. Carey Dreadnought i. 9 Subspace hailing frequencies on reverse scramb—.
1989 D. Dvorkin & D. Dvorkin Star Trek: Next Generation: Captains' Honor Prologue 11 They just sent a tight-beam subspace transmission‥a call for assistance.
1994 L. A. Graf Firestorm i.9 Is there a subspace rumor generator aboard this ship?
1997 W. Shatner Avenger ii. 19 A subspace concussion wave from the Bennett's imploding warp drive slammed against the Enterprise 's shields along with the escort's debris.
1998 D. Brin Heaven's Reach 316 And things only got worse as another wave of subspace disruptions hit, causing the planetoid to shake and rattle, resonating like a great, hollow bell.
1999 C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere i. 3 The Federation had restricted their exploration of the Sphere entirely to surface mapping and long-range subspace scans.