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In this first book in her "Skolian Saga" series, Asaro explains how fasterthanlight speeds are attainable by using imaginary numbers, and hence frequent mentions of "imaginary space" occur throughout the book. In fact, although she is not the first person to play with the consequences of allowing complex values in general relativity, Asaro did publish an article in the American Journal of Physics that explains in complete detail how this "inversion" would work if complex valued speeds were available to us.
An essay by Asaro about her use of mathematics in fiction is posted here and also appears in the anthology Aurora in Four Voices. 
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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in nonfictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)