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"In 1977, it took about eight months for a slightly faster more refined mechanism to put punk in the window of Holt Renfrew. It's gotten faster ever since."
- William Gibson

Sub-Space  
  A dimension or a transmission medium other than our own, which allows faster-than-light communication or movement.  

As far as I know, this was the first use of this term.

The repulsor elements tapped subspace, and hence were unimpeded by any waves in normal space time.
Technovelgy from Crystallized Thought, by Nat Schachner.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1937
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Jack Williamson uses it in a slightly different way:

These little coils create a sub-space about the metal bead...

They warp space itself to form a tiny sphere - in effect, a tiny universe - strong enough to withstand unthinkable pressure and millions of degrees of heat.

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