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FTL  
  Abbreviation for "faster than light".  

As far as I know, this is the first use of the abbreviation FTL.

“You fly fast, Elven.”

“Faster than any of your hunters,” Elven agreed softly without looking around, and added, “FTL” —meaning Faster Than Light.

“You fly far, Elven. Tens of light years,” the wounded voice continued.

“Scores,” Elven corrected.

“Yet I speak to you, Elven.”

“But you don’t know where I am. I came on a blind reach through deep sub-space. And your FTL radio can take no fix. You are shouting at infinity, Fedris.” sisted, “you must finally go to ground, and then we will search you out.”

From The Enchanted Forest, by Fritz Leiber.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1950
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Compare to faster than light from Islands of Space (1931) by John W. Campbell, which is (as far as I know) the earliest use of the phrase "faster than light".

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