supercee

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Presumed super- + cee, a respelling of the physics symbol c (denoting the speed of light in a vacuum; an abbreviation of both English constant and Latin celeritas (swiftness)).

Noun[edit]

supercee (uncountable)

  1. (rare, science fiction) Faster-than-light travelling speed.
    • 1930, Information Access Company, Analog Science Fiction/science Fact, pp63{1}, 73{2}, & 77{3}
      {1}But Man had always been a restless, persistent creature, and the stars called, and in an incredibly short space of time a highly-ingenious refinement of the theta drive gave him supercee.
      {2}“What I can’t understand, Psy, is why in the name of Mira the Terrans couldn’t have been admitted to the Federation as soon as they developed supercee. […]”
      {3}Offhand I’d say that the Terrans, when they hit on the secret of star-driving a planet, which isn’t much of a trick once the supercee principle is clearly understood, decided to go off on a hunt round the galaxy for a see-tee system.
    • 1960, AUTHOR UNKNOWN, Astounding Science-fiction, pp70{1}, 72{2}, & 73{3}; presumed to be an earlier work (1930 or earlier), as quotations 2 and 3 also appear in:
    • 1930, Information Access Company, Analog Science Fiction/science Fact, p72
      {1}“[…] A couple of … after the last rescue ship had lif … into space and shifted into the … of supercee, the star exploded.”
      {2}“Surely you know the answer to that one,” he said after a moment or two, “or have you forgotten all about a little thing called the decrement effect?” The Psychologist nodded. “Precisely. The decrement effect. The factor that makes supercee — supercee as we know it, that is — inoperable in intergalactic space.” He looked thoughtful. “I don’t think anyone’s yet evolved a satisfactory theory to account for the existence of the effect. The only thing that’s certain is that it’s tied up in some way with gravity fields — or, rather, with the absence of g-fields.” He shrugged.
      {3}“What I can’t understand, Psy, is why in the name of Mira the Terrans couldn’t have been admitted to the Federation as soon as they developed supercee. […]”
    • 1979, Frank Northen Magill, Survey of Science Fiction Literature, p937 (Salem Press, ISBN 0893561967)
      The core was virtually unreachable at supercee velocities. So the Lost Star’s bleep has been sounding for eighty years, and no ship has reached her.

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