FTL-drive (Faster Than Light drive) is a theoretical device that would allow travel at faster than the speed of light (299,792,458 m/s).

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What happens when 'spooling' an FTL drive?

I often hear the term 'spooling' used in connection with preparing various FTL drives for operation in space science fiction; e.g. "spooling FTL drive - prepare for jump" (or warp, etc.) This seems a ...
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Is there a trend in Faster Than Light methods used in newer novels? [closed]

A lot of SciFi novels use some sort of FTL travel; Star Trek uses a WARP drive to travel trough subspace, Asimov's Foundation uses a gravitation based engine that allows a space ship to jump. I'm ...
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What are travel times of Andromeda's Slipstream?

I was wondering if anyone knew how long on average it took a ship to travel from place to using the Slipstream. In the show things seem very subjective, I am trying to develop an FTL system for a ...
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Spacetime time dilation during warp travel instead of the ship?

According to answers I've seen on here, starships in Star Trek do not experience time dilation at warp speeds due to the ship being surrounded by a static warp bubble and isn't moving. Rather, ...
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What is the maximum speed possible without hyperdrive?

This question: How do you go from Naboo to Tatooine without the hyperdrive? seems to be making an assumption about the speed of travel for mainstream craft in the Star Wars universe without using ...
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What is the nature of the Guild's superluminal travel?

In Frank Herbert's Dune, all faster-than-light travel is under the Spacing Guild's monopoly, leading to some interesting political situations. How do they travel through space? The miniseries made it ...
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Is the Star Trek warp drive canonically the Alcubierre drive?

The Alcubierre drive is frequently referred to in any and all discussion about FTL travel as "the Star Trek drive", but is there any in-universe evidence to suggest that the principles are at all ...
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What are the “Ley-Lines” describe in John Ringo's “Gust Front”

I recently read through John Ringo's first set of books on the Legacy of Aldenata series. In the second of these books at the beginning of Chapter 29, he describes 2 SF forms of faster than light (...
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Story ID: FTL communication

In this story, faster than light communication exists but every message is preceded by a long tone. An operator uses his free time to investigate the tone, discovering it's comprised of every ...
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In which Science Fiction (probably Star Wars) story is FTL used to jump to other side of a planet?

Introduction I remember experiencing (reading, I think) a science fiction, or space opera, story in which the main characters are on a ship, perhaps fleeing from someone, and the use a Hyperspace ...
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Which SF Universe Was the First to Have Multiple Forms of FTL?

Most SF universes have only one form of FTL, but a few, such as the Honorverse, may have more. Other than naturally occurring wormholes being used (especially if wormholes in that universe are mostly ...
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Which Sci-fi universe uses the most forms of FTL (Faster Than Light)?

This question about the Honorverse brings up an interesting point. I’m not familiar with the Honorverse, but from the question, it looks like there is, essentially hyperdrive (involving gravity waves) ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced the idea of “FTL Travel”?

Faster than Light travel (beating ultimate speed limit of nature) is common to Sci-Fi, especially Space Opera. Other names can be warping etc. Which Sci-Fi work introduced this idea? Note: It's ...
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Aliens plan to invade Earth but hero, scientist, and girl friend stop them

I read this before 1992 or so. It was more of a 'B' novel. Humans make contact with aliens who begin invading. A human hero, I think he's a military officer (US Navy?), gets to a human scientist ...
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In Farscape, what exactly is Starburst?

Starburst appears to be a method of traveling great distances over a short time. It seems to be able to jump a Leviathan between planets and systems almost immediately, implying that it facilitates ...
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FTL combat in Newton's Wake

Some setup is necessary before I can get to asking my question. In Ken MacLeod's Newton's Wake, FTL is possible. There is a form of chronology protection: Say ye try tae send a signal intae the ...
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Two Created Races. One had copper-based blood and the other iron-based blood

I once read a sci-fi-story about a group of scientist that used a Feinberg space drive with the aim of terraforming a planet and creating a new race. The group however was divided on how they wanted ...
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Story involving young female space travelling escapee with multiple personalities

I'm looking for a story about a youthful (late teens?) female protagonist who begins the story by making an emergency escape from an orbital habitat. The protagonist is actually host to multiple ...
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1980s story with telepathic boy who makes janitor feel younger

So randomly over the years I've tried to find this book using all sorts of keywords, reading release lists by decade, and nothing seems to click. I hope you can help! I'm pretty sure I read it in ...
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Why do calculations need to be made before jumping into hyperspace?

This question was inspired by this answer concerning rebels escaping at the battle of Endor The answer references this piece of dialog from a new hope: BEN How long before you can make the ...
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What is hyperspace in Stargate like?

In the Stargate franchise, what is hyperspace supposed to be like ? By that I mean, is the hyperspace reality/ universe like hyperspace in Babylon 5. Is it a "open" reality/ universe where ships can ...
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Why do people traveling FTL using Mass Effect Relays not experience time dilation?

I have a limited understanding of the physics of it, but as far as I know time dilates at higher velocities. Meaning that time essentially passes slower for objects moving at higher velocities. Why ...
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Story Identification - Sublight Starship “passed” by FTL

I'm a huge fan of SF from the golden age of SF, so this could be a fairly old book. It was a story about a "generation" starship or sublight starship. I believe most of the story was about their ...
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A novel about a man left behind by his family's spaceship who helps discover a warp drive

This is a book I read 40 years ago. I remember the plot but haven't a clue as to the title. A young man misses the takeoff of his trader families’s spaceship and is marooned on a planet. He has no ...
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Can't remember sci-fi novel with loner female cargo pilot carrying contraband technology

Sorry to be so vague; The book I'm trying to find was from the POV of a female cargo pilot transporting some sort of technology that is banned from humans by the other races of which one race are fish ...
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A Fire Upon the Deep: how come the refugee ship goes so fast to the Tines' world?

It takes Ravna and friends months on a damaged, but modified bottom lugger (the OOB2) to reach the Tines' world. Yes there is a Zone storm happening, but it seems that it took the Orlsnot refugee ship ...
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Can anyone identify this old science fiction novel about a young inventor developing an FTL drive?

Read it many years ago, and don't remember the title or the author. The plot set-up was that earth has been placed under embargo by a federation of alien planets, who say earth people will not be ...
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Why does Galactica jump so close to planets?

Why does Galactica choose to jump so frakking close to planets? The show often describes jump destinations as in orbit or worse, low orbit. This seems like a dangerous and risky maneuver and one that ...
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Do Powell and Donovan experience relativistic time dilation, in 'Escape!' ?

Powell and Donovan are set by US Robotics to test a spaceship with a hyperspatial drive. They, at one point claim they have been on the ship for 5 days, whereas I believe Dr Calvin requests 48 hrs to ...
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Story [novel, novella?] that featured faster-than-light or hyperdrive gained from observing distant drive use, also had a sentient star

I have little recollection when I read this, but it started with people observing indications of some special engine use many lightyears away, and it led them to 'reverse-engineer' the traces to ...
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What is it about hyperdrive that is assumed to make the human mind go insane?

In various C.J. Cherryh books, it has been described how the crew in a ship has to be sedated or otherwise put to sleep during hyperspace travel. For the most part, it is alluded, without too much ...
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Why does it take Noriko so long to get home?

In the final episode of Top o Nerae! Gunbuster, Why has it been so long, when the previous trip only took a few years? Did they know it would take so long when they left?
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What would be the effects of warp collisions?

Triggered by a recent question I was wondering what actually would happen to a ship (e.g. the Enterprise-D NCC-1701) that collides with a stationary object such as a) another ship of a similar ...
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What is the work that had FTL travel but no FTL communications?

I remember reading a work (It was most likley a series of books though not 100% sure) that had a universe where there was technology for FTL spaceflight, but no FTL communications (excluding of course ...
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How was the alien ship that attached itself to Destiny not vaporized when Destiny went into FTL

In the Stargate Universe episode Divided, it is said that the shuttle clamps have to be engaged in order for Destiny's shield to envelope the shuttle, protecting it during faster-than-light travel. If ...
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Why don't captains launch shuttles or escape pods at warp as a last resort weapon?

I don't recall the episodes, but I know I've seen a starship take control of another starship remotely, given the appropriate command codes, etc. It stands to reason a shuttle and possibly an escape ...
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Would the Picard Maneuver work in the Star Wars universe?

The Picard Maneuver basically boils down to: "surprise your enemy by jumping right next to him and unload all your cannons". However, Trek canon makes a bit more of a technological fuss about how it ...
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Is there any time travel in the Star Wars expanded universe, or anywhere in the Star Wars canon?

Traveling faster than light would enable sending at least information back in time, violate causality, etc., but I don't remember reading or seeing anything related to it in the Star Wars universe. So,...
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Can a starship moving at warp 9.999 be hit from behind by a torpedo?

I always see torpedoes follow Newtonian physics even at Warp speeds. They always hit the targeted vessel from behind even if it's at warp speed. This means their own speed beat the speed of the ...
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Which sci-fi universe has the slowest extensively used interstellar drive (best available)?

This is sort of the opposite of this question: Which SciFi universe has the fastest space ships (hyperspace technology)? Since the obvious answer is just wherever there is no technology much more ...
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Which SciFi universe has the fastest space ships (hyperspace technology)? [closed]

I would like to restrict this to televisions shows. It can be a 2 part answer or other answers where novels discuss even faster hyper-drive style technology. Is the jump mechanism of FTL in ...
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Is there FTL travel in the Aliens franchise?

A common event in the Aliens movie is people being placed in stasis for long periods of time, presumably because space travel is a slow and arduous process. Given he vast distances between even the ...
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In Star Trek (2009), how did the warp-capable Enterprise get trapped by the gravity of a black hole?

In the last scene of Star Trek (2009), the Enterprise got trapped in the gravitational field of a black hole. Light can't escape a black hole if it's inside the event horizon. The Enterprise was ...
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Which race in Star Trek universe was the first to invent Warp technology?

Humans look like late member of Warp Drive community. Klingons were capable of interstellar travel from the time of Kahless. Vulcans were in contact with Andorians from ancient times (ST: Enterprise). ...
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Short story of a race who discovered primitive but subtle interstellar travel [duplicate]

Many years (20+?) ago in Analog SF magazine I read a short story where a culture discovered interstellar travel shortly after the start of their iron age. They could construct air-tight ships and ...
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Why did Starfleet not adopt or acquire the Xindi's subspace vortex technology?

In Enterprise, the Xindi used a method of propulsion where they would generate subspace vortexes, allowing them to traverse vast distances faster than traditional warp drives. The Xindi eventually ...
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How do Star Wars hyperdrives work?

I was wondering how hyperdrives would work (Star Wars ones). I am mainly interested in how they would use energy (i.e. electricity or any other types of power) to cause a ship to go faster than light'...
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How can a spaceship jump “into” a mountain with FTL?

In Lay Down Your Burdens (Part 1) (episode 19 of season 2 of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica), the rescue mission to Caprica loses one Raptor during their final jump. On checking the coordinates, ...
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How did Ol't'ro stop Achilles' attack?

During the climactic confrontation at the end of Betrayer of Worlds: We are told that Achilles saw a bright flash when the missiles were "taken care of", and then a fast moving object showed up ...
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How does the theory of subspace work? [closed]

I know lots of Sci-Fi works use the term subspace. How does Subspace work? Is it like hyperspace (a parallel realm to our own)? or is it a host of alternate time lines that run parallel to our own? or ...