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27th Mar '17 8:27:19 AM Arivne
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2872 SCP-2872 ("A Fast Horse")]]. SCP-2872 is a thoroughbred stallion racehorse. After it broke out of SCP Foundation containment it traveled into space and accelerated to faster than the speed of light. It is currently heading for the constellation Equuleus.
21st Mar '17 5:31:40 PM tropower
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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': The new series uses jump drives, which require complex calculations, and can leave a ship hopelessly lost if a jump is mistimed. The use of jump drives is actually critical to the plot of the whole series - since sensors are limited to light speed, it is impossible to detect a ship as it jumps, allowing any ship to instantly escape from its pursuers, or to appear and attack without warning. It also seems to work from anywhere: ships often jump mere feet from a planet's surface immediately after lifting off[[spoiler:, or in one notable case immediately before pancaking on the ground after an orbital burn-in]]. The original ''Galactica'' had FTL travel in the traditional "warp" style, but never spoke about the mechanism.

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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': The new series uses jump drives, which require complex calculations, and can leave a ship hopelessly lost if a jump is mistimed. The use of jump drives is actually critical to the plot of the whole series - since sensors are limited to light speed, it is impossible to detect a ship as it jumps, allowing any ship to instantly escape from its pursuers, or to appear and attack without warning. It also seems to work from anywhere: ships often jump mere feet from a planet's surface immediately after lifting off[[spoiler:, or in one notable case immediately before pancaking on the ground after an orbital burn-in]]. The original ''Galactica'' had FTL travel in the traditional "warp" style, but never spoke about the mechanism.



* The original 1978 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' drive systems weren't FTL in the traditional warp style. In fact, I wouldn't say they were FTL at all. [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale The writers simply didn't understand the difference between interplanetary and interstellar distances]]. Once, Adama ordered the Galactica to accelerate ''to'' the speed of light, but nowhere did they claim to exceed it... Not that accelerating a ship ''to'' the speed of light is any less impossible with physics as we know it.

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* The original 1978 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' drive systems weren't FTL in the traditional warp style. In fact, I wouldn't say they were weren't really FTL at all. [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale The writers simply didn't understand the difference between interplanetary and interstellar distances]]. Once, Adama ordered the Galactica to accelerate ''to'' the speed of light, but nowhere did they claim to exceed it... Not that accelerating a ship ''to'' the speed of light is any less impossible with physics as we know it.
1st Mar '17 10:38:06 PM Yalsaris63
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* Ships in the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' traditionally rely on the [[PreCursors Ancient's]] [[PortalNetwork jumpgate network]] for travel. Jumpdrives are a (relatively) recent invention that allows ships to force open a local wormhole. However, the wormhole is only capable of locking onto existing jumpgates, the justification being that it uses the gates to obtain coordinates to jump to. Which gate connects to which has a way of shifting around due to the [[{{Precursors}} Ancients']] meddling. The Terrans are the only race to have developed their own wormhole gates without any help from the Ancients and theirs function without any abnormalities during the jumping interval. The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Kha'ak]] are the only ones who can jump ([[BlindJump accurately, at least]]) without gates. The lack of true, independent FTL or true {{Subspace Ansible}}s bites civilization in the ass when the jump gate network is shut down following the [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar apocalyptic Second Terraformer War]], causing interstellar governments to effectively dissolve instantaneously, leaving behind isolated remnants trapped in hundreds of {{Lost Colony}}s

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* Ships in the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' traditionally rely on the [[PreCursors Ancient's]] [[PortalNetwork jumpgate network]] for travel. Jumpdrives are a (relatively) recent invention that allows ships to force open a local wormhole. However, the wormhole is only capable of locking onto existing jumpgates, the justification being that it uses the gates to obtain coordinates to jump to. Which gate connects to which has a way of shifting around due to the [[{{Precursors}} Ancients']] meddling. The Terrans are the only race to have developed their own wormhole gates without any help from the Ancients and theirs function without any abnormalities during the jumping interval. The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Kha'ak]] are the only ones who can jump ([[BlindJump accurately, at least]]) without gates. The lack of true, independent FTL or true {{Subspace Ansible}}s bites civilization in the ass when the non-Terran jump gate network is shut down following the [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar apocalyptic Second Terraformer War]], causing interstellar governments to effectively dissolve instantaneously, leaving behind isolated remnants trapped in hundreds of {{Lost Colony}}s
1st Mar '17 10:37:10 PM Yalsaris63
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* Ships in the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' traditionally rely on the [[PreCursors Ancient's]] [[PortalNetwork jumpgate network]] for travel. Jumpdrives are a (relatively) recent invention that allows ships to force open a local wormhole. However, the wormhole is only capable of locking onto existing jumpgates, the justification being that it uses the gates to obtain coordinates to jump to. Which gate connects to which has a way of shifting around due to the [[{{Precursors}} Ancients']] meddling. The Terrans are the only race to have developed their own wormhole gates without any help of the Ancients and theirs function without any abnormalities during the jumping interval. The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Kha'ak]] are the only ones who can jump ([[BlindJump accurately, at least]]) without gates. The lack of true, independent FTL or true {{Subspace Ansible}}s bites civilization in the ass when the jump gate network is shut down following the [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar apocalyptic Second Terraformer War]], causing interstellar governments to effectively dissolve instantaneously, leaving behind isolated remnants trapped in hundreds of {{Lost Colony}}s

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* Ships in the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' traditionally rely on the [[PreCursors Ancient's]] [[PortalNetwork jumpgate network]] for travel. Jumpdrives are a (relatively) recent invention that allows ships to force open a local wormhole. However, the wormhole is only capable of locking onto existing jumpgates, the justification being that it uses the gates to obtain coordinates to jump to. Which gate connects to which has a way of shifting around due to the [[{{Precursors}} Ancients']] meddling. The Terrans are the only race to have developed their own wormhole gates without any help of from the Ancients and theirs function without any abnormalities during the jumping interval. The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Kha'ak]] are the only ones who can jump ([[BlindJump accurately, at least]]) without gates. The lack of true, independent FTL or true {{Subspace Ansible}}s bites civilization in the ass when the jump gate network is shut down following the [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar apocalyptic Second Terraformer War]], causing interstellar governments to effectively dissolve instantaneously, leaving behind isolated remnants trapped in hundreds of {{Lost Colony}}s
1st Mar '17 10:35:02 PM Yalsaris63
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* Ships in the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' traditionally rely on the [[PreCursors Ancient's]] [[PortalNetwork jumpgate network]] for travel. Jumpdrives are a (relatively) recent invention that allows ships to force open a local wormhole. However, the wormhole is only capable of locking onto existing jumpgates, the justification being that it uses the gates to obtain coordinates to jump to. Which gate connects to which has a way of shifting around due to the [[{{Precursors}} Ancients']] meddling. The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Kha'ak]] are the only ones who can jump ([[BlindJump accurately, at least]]) without gates. The lack of true, independent FTL or true {{Subspace Ansible}}s bites civilization in the ass when the jump gate network is shut down following the [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar apocalyptic Second Terraformer War]], causing interstellar governments to effectively dissolve instantaneously, leaving behind isolated remnants trapped in hundreds of {{Lost Colony}}s

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* Ships in the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' traditionally rely on the [[PreCursors Ancient's]] [[PortalNetwork jumpgate network]] for travel. Jumpdrives are a (relatively) recent invention that allows ships to force open a local wormhole. However, the wormhole is only capable of locking onto existing jumpgates, the justification being that it uses the gates to obtain coordinates to jump to. Which gate connects to which has a way of shifting around due to the [[{{Precursors}} Ancients']] meddling. The Terrans are the only race to have developed their own wormhole gates without any help of the Ancients and theirs function without any abnormalities during the jumping interval. The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Kha'ak]] are the only ones who can jump ([[BlindJump accurately, at least]]) without gates. The lack of true, independent FTL or true {{Subspace Ansible}}s bites civilization in the ass when the jump gate network is shut down following the [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar apocalyptic Second Terraformer War]], causing interstellar governments to effectively dissolve instantaneously, leaving behind isolated remnants trapped in hundreds of {{Lost Colony}}s
3rd Feb '17 4:31:55 AM Omeganian
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* In Creator/HarryHarrison's short story "The Repairman", hyperspace is featureless by itself, so a ship entering cannot determine where it is, where it moves, or even whether it does at all. As such, humanity builds special beacons all over the galaxy, allowing for position triangulation by their individual codes.
30th Jan '17 6:36:51 PM MadCat221
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* The ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe features [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture JumpShips]] capable of somehow creating and magnifying a 'rip' in the fabric of space-time and thereby jumping distances up to thirty light years in an instant...but which are otherwise generally (there are exceptions) only equipped with station-keeping drives that allow them to hold their position at the jump point while recharging, a process that generally takes a week or more. (Occasionally an enterprising military leader will arrange for faster travel by setting up a 'command circuit' with passengers and cargo transferring to a new and fully charged [=JumpShip=] immediately upon arrival, possibly several times in succession). The Kearny-Fuchida Drive is highly sensitive to local gravity gradients and thus [[NoWarpingZone not generally usable within several astronomical units of something as massive as a star]], though suitably daring crews can take advantage of "pirate points" in the system, where the presence of other celestial bodies results in their respective gravitational influences canceling out ''just'' right, to jump in closer than that. (Incidentally, the vast void of interstellar space is in theory perfectly safe to jump around in. One reason this isn't usually done, aside from the obvious one of no crew wanting to casually risk even a hypothetical drive failure stranding them light-years away from any human help all by themselves, is that most ships' primary method of recharging their K-F drive depends on ''solar sails''...)

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* The ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe features [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture JumpShips]] capable of somehow creating and magnifying a 'rip' in the fabric of space-time and thereby jumping distances up to thirty light years in an instant...but which are otherwise generally (there are exceptions) only equipped with station-keeping drives that allow them to hold their position at the jump point while recharging, a process that generally takes a week or more. (Occasionally an enterprising military leader will arrange for faster travel by setting up a 'command circuit' with passengers and cargo transferring to a new and fully charged [=JumpShip=] immediately upon arrival, possibly several times in succession). The Kearny-Fuchida Drive is highly sensitive to local gravity gradients and thus [[NoWarpingZone not generally usable within several astronomical units of something as massive as a star]], though suitably daring crews can take advantage of "pirate points" (or [=LaGrange=] Points in other parlance) in the system, where the presence of other celestial bodies results in their respective gravitational influences canceling out ''just'' right, to jump in closer than that. (Incidentally, the vast void of interstellar space is in theory perfectly safe to jump around in. One reason this isn't usually done, aside from the obvious one of no crew wanting to casually risk even a hypothetical drive failure stranding them light-years away from any human help all by themselves, is that most ships' primary method of recharging their K-F drive depends on ''solar sails''...)
19th Jan '17 2:08:41 AM dvorak
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* Similarly, in the ''Film/TheFifthElement'' we see a commercial starship that "jumps to lightspeed" in order to travel to another solar system, and like the Alien films, they put the passengers to sleep during the voyage. Also [[spoiler:the mass of evil manages to travel from another solar system to Earth in ''just 2 hours''. Mind that the heroes also manage to arrive to Earth from lightyears away ''just'' a little earlier...]] The sleeping-while-in-hyperspace thing is HandWaved as being "for your comfort," so perhaps in the Fifth Element 'verse HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace for the conscious mind? Though the crew, Ruby Rhod and others seem unaffected.

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* Similarly, in the ''Film/TheFifthElement'' we see a commercial starship that "jumps to lightspeed" in order to travel to another solar system, and like the Alien films, they put the passengers to sleep during the voyage. Also [[spoiler:the mass of evil manages to travel from another solar system to Earth in ''just 2 hours''. Mind that the heroes also manage to arrive to Earth from lightyears away ''just'' a little earlier...]] The sleeping-while-in-hyperspace thing is HandWaved as being "for your comfort," so perhaps in the Fifth Element 'verse HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace for the conscious mind? Though the crew, Ruby Rhod Rhod, and others Cornelius seem unaffected.



* Joe Haldeman's ''Literature/TheForeverWar'' uses "collapsars" (an old name for black holes) to instantaneously jump up to thousands of lightyears to the next collapsar along the ship's vector at entry. Unfortunately most collapsars are far from any inhabitable system, the nearest one to earth, "Stargate", is one lightyear away, so starships still need to spend several years at relativistic speeds.

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* Joe Haldeman's ''Literature/TheForeverWar'' uses "collapsars" (an old name for black holes) to instantaneously jump up to thousands of lightyears to the next collapsar along the ship's vector at entry. Unfortunately most collapsars are far from any inhabitable system, the nearest one to earth, "Stargate", is one lightyear away, so starships still need to spend several years at relativistic speeds. This adds up to enough time to make you poor because of inflation while simultaneously having enough dosh to swim in, and massive sociological upheval.



* ''The Engines of Dawn'' used all three types at one point or another. The titular Engines seem to travel through HyperspaceOrSubspace, which the local religion insists is the body of God. When the university's Engine is [[spoiler: murdered]] by terrorists, a student points out that the gravity manipulator they've been using to study black holes can be used as an AlcubierreDrive. At the climax, an experimental Jump Drive is used to escape having [[spoiler: another EldritchAbomination installed in the ship.]]

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* ''The Engines of Dawn'' used all three types at one point or another. The titular Engines seem to travel through HyperspaceOrSubspace, which the local religion insists is the body of God. When the university's Engine is [[spoiler: murdered]] by terrorists, a student points out that the gravity manipulator they've been using to study black holes can be used as an AlcubierreDrive. At the climax, an experimental Jump Drive is used to escape having [[spoiler: another EldritchAbomination installed in the ship.]]]] They all have side effects, too. The Engines induce severe boredom (but it's possible to, with the right equipment, listen to ''really'' pretty music); the black hole method could either spaghettify or fatally irradiate the ship, and the jump drive makes everyone really, um, frisky.
18th Jan '17 10:30:37 PM dvorak
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* ''The EnginesOfDawn'' used all three types at one point or another. The titular Engines seem to travel through HyperspaceOrSubspace, which the local religeon insists is the body of God. When the university's Engine is [[spoiler: murdered]] by terrorists, a student points out that the gravity manipulator they've been using to study black holes can be used as an AlcubierreDrive. At the climax, an experimental JumpDrive is used to escape having [[spoiler: another EldritchAbomination installed in the ship.]]

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* ''The EnginesOfDawn'' Engines of Dawn'' used all three types at one point or another. The titular Engines seem to travel through HyperspaceOrSubspace, which the local religeon religion insists is the body of God. When the university's Engine is [[spoiler: murdered]] by terrorists, a student points out that the gravity manipulator they've been using to study black holes can be used as an AlcubierreDrive. At the climax, an experimental JumpDrive Jump Drive is used to escape having [[spoiler: another EldritchAbomination installed in the ship.]]
18th Jan '17 6:51:06 PM dvorak
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* ''The EnginesOfDawn'' used all three types at one point or another. The titular Engines seem to travel through HyperspaceOrSubspace, which the local religeon insists is the body of God. When the university's Engine is [[spoiler: murdered]] by terrorists, a student points out that the gravity manipulator they've been using to study black holes can be used as an AlcubierreDrive. At the climax, an experimental JumpDrive is used to escape having [[spoiler: another EldritchAbomination installed in the ship.]]
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