Full record for sublight n.

Definition speeds below light-speed
OED requirements antedating 1976
Earliest cite J. Chalker 'A Jungle of Stars'
Comment Enoch 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"
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Citations for sublight n.

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1960 P. Anderson High Crusade (1968) 37, I also deciphered the legends on some of the control-panel instruments. Such dials as those for altitude and speed could readily be mastered. But what did ‘fuel flow’ mean? What was the difference between ‘sub-light drive’ and ‘super-light drive’?
1976 J. L. Chalker Jungle of Stars 110 The pilot's flagship deployed some of the newcomers along the entire D-line front while keeping the original ships at sub-light.
1980 D. F. Glut Empire Strikes Back 74 ‘At sublight, they may be faster, but we can still out-maneuver them. Hold on!’ Suddenly the Corellian shifted his ship's course.
1981 V. N. McIntyre Entropy Effect iii. 76 'Twould be better to stay at sublight.
1982 S. Cooper Black Fire i. 21, I was teaching the cadet assigned to me how to switch from warp to sub-light speeds in emergency situations.
1986 D. Carey Battlestations! viii. 158 So why was I still clicking along at sublight?
1990 A. McCaffrey & J. L. Nye Death of Sleep (1992) 300 The ship was capable of running on its own power indefinitely in sublight, or making a single warp jump between short sprints before recharging.
1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak (1991) 88 Instead of the simple old dual system of sublight radio and FTL link, both useful only when the ship was in sublight space, they had five separate systems.
1991 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Generation Warriors (1992) 153 That's how emergency calls went out: sublight to the transfer point, which launched the pod, and the pod carried only a standard message, plus its originating transfer code.
1991 D. Stabenow Second Star v. 114 Yeah, could we slow to sublight now?
1992 V. Vinge Fire upon Deep i. viii. 50 Nuwen had spent his life crawling at sublight between human-colonized star systems.
1992 R. M. Meluch Queen's Squadron 65 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.
1993 Sci. Fiction Age Jan. 42/2 They ambled from star to star at sublight speeds, taking decades for each journey.
1997 S. Zettel Fool's War ii. 44 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.