Full record for faster than light adv.

Definition at a speed faster than that of light
OED requirements antedating 1936
Earliest cite Clemence Dane (pseudonym of Winifred Ashton), 'American Fairy Tales.'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1952 cite from Robert Heinlein's "The Year of the Jackpot".
Bill Seabrook located and Mike Christie confirmed a 1941 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "Artnan Process".
Rick Hauptmann submitted a July 1939 cite from John Campbell's introduction to Nelson Bond's "Lightship Ho!"
Rick Hauptmann submitted a February 1939 cite from D. D. Sharp's "Faster Than Light".
Brian Ameringen submitted a cite from a 1966 reprint of John Campbell's "Uncertainty"; we would like to check the original appearance in the October 1936 Amazing Stories.
Fred Galvin located an April 1936 cite from an article "American Fairy-Tales" by Clemence Dane (pseud. for Winifred Ashton), which Jeff Prucher verified in the original printing.
Fred Galvin located a cite in a 1984 reprint of E.E. "Doc" Smith's "Skylark of Valeron"; we would like to check the original appearance in the August 1934 Astounding Stories.
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Citations for faster than light adv.

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1934 Astounding Stories Aug. 20/1 An atomic explosion starting on the surface and propagating downward would hardly develop enough power to drive anything material much, if any, faster than light, and no explosion wave, however violent, can exceed that velocity.
1936 J. W. Campbell Uncertainty in Amazing Stories Oct. 19/2 ‘No, no, you asteroid—that's not it. He went off faster than light itself!’‘Eh—what? Faster than light? That can't be done—’
1939 Astounding Sci. Fiction July 68 (heading), ‘Go to the ant, thou sluggard!’mightn't have been such bad advice—if he went to the army ant for the secret of signaling faster than light!
1939 D. D. Sharp in Marvel Sci. Stories Feb. 84/2, I knew in my heart all those years that Moleri was there somewhere in the space before my eyes, faster than light, leaving no reflection for my scope to touch.
1941 Astounding Sci. Fiction June 61/2 Got that old-style ether-cloud steering for hyper-space travel, though—you know—the one that builds etheric resistance on one bow or the other to turn the ship when she's traveling faster than light?
1966 L. Niven in If Oct. 17/2 Imagine light falling into a savagely steep gravitational well. It won't accelerate. Light can't move faster than light. But it can gain in energy, in frequency.
1966 J. W. Campbell Ultimate Weapon 12 ‘No, no, you asteroid—that's not it. He went off faster than light itself!’‘Eh—what? Faster than light ? That can't be done.’
1969 M. Z. Bradley Brass Dragon (1980) viii. 149 Very likely their interstellar ships went faster than light.