Full record for hyperspace n.

Definition a hypothetical realm existing alongside our own; a parallel universe
OED requirements antedating 1928
Earliest cite Kirk Meadowcroft, "The Invisible Bubble"
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1942 cite from A.E. van Vogt.
Bill Seabrook located and Mike Christie confirmed a 1941 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "Artnan Process".
Courtenay Footman submitted a cite from a 1966 reprint of E.E. Smith's "Gray Lensman"; Mike Christie verified it in the original 1939 magazine appearance.
Cory Panshin submitted a cite from a 1974 reprint of Murray Leinster's "Sidewise in Time"
Jeff Prucher noted that the Nicholls' Encyclopedia suggests that the term was probably invented by John Campbell in "Islands in Space" which first appeared in Amazing Stories Quarterly in 1931. Brian Ameringen submitted a cite from a 1966 reprint of "Islands of Space"; Robert Godwin submitted a cite from the 1931 first publication.
Cory Panshin submitted a cite from a 1970 reprint of E.E. Smith's 1934 "Skylark of Valeron".
Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1937 cite from Donald Wandrei's "The Black Fog"; however it's not clear whether this is the science fictional or the mathematical meaning.
Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1934 cite from Jack Williamson's "Xandulu".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1928 cite from Kirk Meadowcroft's "The Invisible Bubble"

(Earliest cite in the OED: 1947, though earlier cites exist for the mathematical sense "four dimensional space".)

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Citations for hyperspace n.

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1928 K. Meadowcroft Invisible Bubble in Amazing Stories Sept. 508/2 Are we not justified in supposing, by the analogy of the reversibility of reactions in chemistry, that the boundary lines of space and hyper-space may not be so rigidly drawn as we have supposed?
1928 K. Meadowcroft Invisible Bubble in Amazing Stories Sept. 512/1 We have discovered by my synthesis the factors necessary to produce a disturbance of spatial relation. We see they they may occur in nature; that under certain conditions, by the aid of lightning as well as by my tube, there may be produced the globules of hyper-space, which then seek each other out—flow together—and travel in vague and erratic fashion, as they may be drawn here and there by one influence or another. They seek each other out, not by any attraction but by the simple and all-powerful law of chance—the result of an infinity of chances—the most inexorable law of any universe. They seek each other out and flow together;—you will remember that.
1931 J. W. Campbell Islands of Space in Amazing Stories Qly. Spring 161/2 Well we would be stuck if we didn't have this new method, for the acceleration would take too long. However, in the hyperspace we are going into, a new condition exists. Well you go into a hyperspace and move at any speed you please. I wonder then, how are you going to see where you are going?
1931 J. W. Campbell Islands of Space in Amazing Stories Quarterly Spring 161/2 Well we would be stuck if we didn't have this new method, for the acceleration would take too long. However, in the hyperspace we are going into, a new condition exists. Well you go into a hyperspace and move at any speed you please. I wonder then, how are you going to see where you are going?
1934 J. Williamson in Wonder Stories May 1168/2 I can fold space as readily as you double a sheet of paper. I can reach through hyper-space where distance means nothing.
1937 D. Wandrei in Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. 36/1 The Black Fog was a hyper-element, perhaps originating in a four-dimensional hyper-space, and passing without interference through even the densest solids.
1939 E. E. Smith in Astounding Sci. Fiction Dec. 140/2 Wouldn't have surprised me much if we'd been clear out of the known Universe. Hyperspace is funny that way, they say.
1941 Astounding Sci. Fiction June 66/2 As soon as he was out of the planet's effective space warp, he slipped into hyperspace and traveled toward Procyon and its dark companion at many times the speed of light.
1942 Astounding Sci. Fiction July 25/1 A man whisked completely out of our space simply because he had touched rock from a planet in hyper-space.
1942 Astounding Sci. Fiction July 19/1 The hyper-space machine at Gribe Schloss will be completed in February, 1941.
1942 Astounding Sci. Fiction July 12/1 General Statement of Kenrube's Theory: That there are two kinds of space in the Universe, normal and hyper-space.
1951 I. Asimov Foundation 12 He had steeled himself just a little for the Jump through hyper-space, a phenomenon one did not experience in simple interplanetary trips. The Jump remained, and would probably remain forever, the only practical method of travelling between the stars.
1952 C. Oliver First to Stars in W. F. Nolan Edge of Forever (1971) 237 It was a sub-space survey report—normal space being subspace with respect to their ship, the Wilson Langford, in hyperspace—and seemed to be routine enough at first glance.
1956 J. Campbell Islands of Space (1966) 37 Instead of holding the field within it, completely enclosed, the big one will affect the space all about it. We will then be enclosed in what might be called a hyperspace of our own making.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones viii. 84 My brain played with words like hyperspace and dimension-travel and matter-transmitter, but those were only words.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones in Planet Savers/Sword of Aldones (1982) viii. 205 My brain played with words like hyperspace and dimension-travel and matter-transmitter, but those were only words.
1965 S.R. Delaney Ballad of Beta-2 (1977) 15 He sat back in the drive-hammock, staring at the black view screens that were dead to hyperspace.
1965 S.R. Delaney Ballad of Beta-2 (1977) 8 They'd only been gone sixty years when the hyperspace drive became a large-scale reality.
1969 M. Z. Bradley Brass Dragon (1980) iii. 51 Then to hit your first star's fourth planet, you have to come out of drive after seven weeks, two days and twenty-two and a half hours—that's allowing for your standard time-mass drift inside hyperspace, see?
1970 E. E. Smith Skylark of Valeron viii. 66 ‘I thought, of course—if I thought at all, which I doubt—that we'd go through hyperspace in an instant of time, without seeing it or feeling it in any way, since a three-dimensional body cannot exist, of course, in four dimensional space. How did we get this way, Mart? Is this space coexistent with ours or not?’‘I believe that it is.’ Crane, the methodical, had been thinking deeply, considering every phase of their peculiar predicament. ‘Coexistent, but different in all its attributes and properties.’
1974 ‘M. Leinster’ Sidewise in Time in I. Asimov Before Golden Age: Sci. Fiction Anthol. 1930s 578 Each exists in its own time and space, just as our universe does. But each must also exist in a certain—well, hyper-space, because if closed spaces are separated, there must be some sort of something in between them, else they would be together.
1984 D. Duane My Enemy, my Ally ii. 16 Spock had objected mildly to the name, for hyperspace, not time, was the true fourth dimension.
1985 B. Hambly Ishmael xv.198 The microfilm screened and reduced to a graphics-image pattern which was stored for several centuries in a computer band and then hyperspace-transmitted through four relay stations to be blown up again and xelo-faxed.
1987 D. Brin Uplift War 360 Now it was simply pointless to continue building a hyperspace shunt and a ceremonial mound!
1987 D. Brin Uplift War 274 So the battle fleet had arrayed itself. Ships kept watch over the five local layers of hyperspace, over nearby transfer points, over the cometary time-drop nexi.
1990 Thrust Winter 23/3 Stith has given us hyperspace where lightspeed is a tad over 22 miles per hour, and levels of reality where characters literally see themselves coming and going.
1990 M. Crichton Jurassic Park (1991) 42 Some paleontologists refer to the behavior of an animal as occurring in an ecological hyperspace.
1991 M. Weiss King's Test i. iii. 18 One giant enemy mothership had been destroyed, but another had come out of nowhere (or hyperspace, which amounted to the same thing).
1991 J. Varley Steel Beach (1993) 332 A year went by. Well, sort of a year, though my ducking in and out of the fourth dimension and hyperspace royally screwed all my clocks.
1993 H. Harrison Repairman in H. Harrison Stainless Steel Visions (1993) 89, I have repaired hyperspace beacons from one arm of the galaxy to the other and was sure I had worked on every type or model made.
1993 Sci. Fiction Age Jan. 65/2 When you see all these craft coming out of hyperspace, the effect is staggering.
1993 Sci. Fiction Stud. Nov. 447, I also take the theory into the hyperspace of simulation.
1994 B. Hambly Crossroad vii.105 The literal bending of space to allow a ship to‥to go around hyperspace.
1994 B. Hambly Crossroad xi. 147 The rumor a ship appearing‥without long-range effect on the fabric of hyperspace, had flown like lightning among the crew.
1995 A. Thomson Color of Distance (1999) viii. 84 Was the mother ship gone as well? Had the Kotani Maru made the jump to hyperspace? Could they still come back for her?