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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Ultrawave  
  A means of faster-than-light (FTL) communication.  

This appears to be the first reference to the 'hyperwave' means of communication.

His ultra-wave observer and sometime clerk was Lyman Cleveland himself, probably the greatest living expert in beam transmission.
From Triplanetary, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Not known in 1934
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Another early mention is found in the 1939 Lester del Rey story Habit. In the story, racing rockets head from Mars to a point above the ecliptic, down to Jupiter and back to Mars.

The radio signals came through on the ultrawave every so often, but the pep-talk description of the thrilling contest for endurance racing didn't mean much when I put it up against the facts. A racing ship in space on a long haul is the longiest, most God-forsaken spot under the stars.

Conversations seem to take place faster than they would at light speed; however, this quote makes it obvious that hyperwave is not instantaneous.

Already it took time for the messages to reach Kor [Mars] and return, and I tried to locate Olsen with his two-and-a-half-million-mile lead... Finally the report came back.

Take a look at some of these explicitly FTL communication methods:

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