Full record for space warp n.

Definition an imaginary distortion of space-time that is conceived as enabling space travellers to make journeys that would otherwise be contrary to the known laws of nature
OED requirements antedating 1935
Earliest cite N. Schachner 'The Son of Redmask'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1939 cite from Clifford Simak's "Cosmic Engineers". Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1936 cite from Jack Williamson's "The Cometeers". Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1935 cite from Nat Schachner's "The Son of Redmask". (Earliest cite in the OED: 1947)
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1935 N. Schachner in Astounding Stories Aug. 101/1 For centuries they had endured under their diverse forms of government‥wrapped in special defenses which they fondly believed impregnable to the mightiest weapons that human science could bring to bear. Of such were the Space-Warp that flowed in a solid cessation of light around Yorrick, the inconceivably compact hemisphere of Impermite that inclosed [sic] Pisbor, and the shimmering Web-Curtain behind which Chico hazed and danced like a mirage.
1936 J. Williamson in Astounding Stories May 22/2 Every atom of ship load and crew was deflected infinitesimally from the space-time continuum of four dimensions, and thus freed of the ordinary limitations of acceleration and velocity, was driven around space, rather than through it, by a direct reaction against the space warp itself.
1941 Astounding Sci. Fiction June 66/2 As soon as he was out of the planet's effective space warp, he slipped into hyperspace and traveled toward Procyon and its dark companion at many times the speed of light.
1944 Astounding Sci.-Fiction Mar. 53/2 The alphatron is still in fine shape, and the space-warp generator can still do a job.
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1975) vii. 78 We sort of duck into a space warp; isn't that right?
?a1965 G. Roddenberry Original outline for ‘Star Trek’ in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ (1968) i. i. 24 Drive—space-warp [.] Range—18 years at light-year velocity [.] Registry—Earth, United Spaceship.
1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. ii. 192 Originally the Enterprise was said to be powered by something loosely called a ‘space warp’. As episode after episode went into production, it became increasingly obvious that this point would have to be tied down.
1979 M. Z. Bradley Stormqueen! (1991) p. v The main cliché of pulp fiction was the man of today's world, suddenly taken away or caught up, via Time Gate, spacewarp, or a prolonged period of suspended animation.
1988 N. Stephenson Zodiac i. 3 There was at least an acre back here, tucked away in kind of a space warp caused by Brighton's irrational street pattern.
1994 B. Bova Craft of Writing Sci. Fict. that Sells vi. 43 At the very least, it can lead to stories that are filled with jargon such as space warp, psionics, antigravs, droids and such.