"Science Fiction is speculative fiction in which the author takes as his first postulate the real world as we know it, including all established facts and natural laws."
Also known as FTL (faster than light) travel.
I'm not sure who invented the idea of FTL travel; Arthur C. Clarke used the concept in 1932 in his first novel Against the Fall of Night. The idea was discussed by Albert Einstein in association with relativity theory; according to the general theory, FTL travel is not possible. No experiments have been done in which an object is shown to travel faster than light.
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