An astounding chronicle of two Lunarians' conquest of time and interstellar space. From Astounding Stories, December 1931.
the direction indicator was burning. The near approach of the comet had thrown us off our course by several degrees. I straightened the ship up easily, and had only a little more difficulty in stopping a rocking motion. Then again the empty hours of watching, gazing into the stars.
Precisely at the end of eighteen hours, Garth awakened, as if the consummation of a certain number of internal processes had set off a little alarm clock in his brain. We were forty-one hours out, with a speed, according to the indicator, of one hundred and twenty-eight times that of light, and a total distance covered of slightly over one quarter of a light-year. A rather small stretch, compared to the 466 light-years we had to go. But when I went back for a look out of the rear telescope, the familiar stars seemed to have moved the least bit closer together, and the sun was no brighter than a great number of them.
I slept like a log, but awakened a little before my trick was due.
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Set in the time when the moon had an atmosphere and water, two Lunar guys who are rivals for the same Lunar gal take off in a new ship designed to exceed the speed of light.
The plot takes off in unexpected directions, and the moon creatures' personalities are pretty much human. Not a bad story, it preceded Haldeman's Forever War by 40 years.