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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Overdrive  
  A propulsion technology that allows a craft to travel at faster-than-light speed.  

A nebula is a gas. It is so thin that a comet's tail is solid by comparison, but a ship traveling on overdrive - above the speed of light - does not want to hit even a merely hard vacuum.
From First Contact, by Murray Leinster.
Published by Street and Smith Co. in 1945
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Compare to this first use of the phrase faster than light from John W. Campbell's 1931 story Islands of Space.

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