Full record for warp drive n.

Definition A fictitious device by which a spaceship is enabled to travel through space by means of a space warp
OED requirements antedating 1950
Earliest cite "Amazing Adventures"
Comment Imran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1988 reprint of Harry Harrison's "The Stainless Steel Rat".
Conrad Feinson submitted a cite from a 1968 reprint of Robert F. Young's "The Girl Who Made Time Stop".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from a letter by Malcolm Gibbs in the May 1951 Marvel Science Stories.
Katrina Campbell submitted a 1981 cite from Bob Shaw's "Galactic Tours".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Silverberg's "Stepsons of Terra"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1958 first edition.
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of Allan Cole and Chris Bunch's 1982 "Sten".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 2001 reprint of Ken McLeod's 2000 "Cosmonaut Keep".
Andrew May submitted a 1950 cite from "Exhibit one", a story by an uncredited author in a 1950 comic book, "Amazing Adventures"

[Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite for "spacewarp drive" from Fredric Brown's "What Mad Universe"]

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Citations for warp drive n.

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1948 F. Brown What Mad Universe in Startling Stories Sept. 34/1 An American scientist at Harvard had discovered the spacewarp drive.
1950 Amazing Adventures 12 This ship works by warp-drive. It warps space, so that it can travel even faster than light!
1951 Marvel Sci. Stories May 128/1 Let's see yarns about vampires, ghouls, werewolves, and other assorted spooks, as well as ray guns, six-headed Martians, galactic wars, and warp drives.
1961 R. F. Young Girl Who Made Time Stop in Worlds Robert F. Young (1968) 13 Space is warped, just as your own scientists have theorized, and with the new warp drive our Altairian VI scientists have developed it's no trick at all, even for an amateur to travel to any place he wants to in the galaxy in a matter of just a few days.
1961 H. Harrison Stainless Steel Rat (1988) 73 One fact—normally of interest only to warpdrive technicians—concerns the curious propagation of radiation in warpspace.
1970 J. Blish Spock must Die! i. 1 Though we are not far by warp drive from the Klingon Empire.
1978 G. Eklund Starless World vi. 25 Perhaps they never discovered the warp drive.
1981 B. Shaw Galactic Tours 50 By the turn of the century the intricacies of the Toynbee warp drive had been sufficiently mastered to permit the building of large, well-equipped exploration vessels which were safe and reliable in operation.
1982 A. Cole & C. Bunch Sten (1990) 41 He moved through the exotic crowd—everything from aliens and diplomats to stocky merchantmen and deep-space sailors. Even the talk was strange: star systems and warp drive, antimatter engines and Imperial intrigue.
1983 S. Marshak & M. Culbreath Triangle xiv. 79 McCoy came through the door as if he had already been under full warp drive.
1985 M. Larson Pawns & Symbols xi. 231 It's like trying to work with a warp drive that has no magnetic field to shield you.
1986 J.M. Dillard Mindshadow ix. 183 We've lost warp drive.
1989 J. M. Dillard Lost Years x. 231 Sekar entered the craft and found‥that it possessed warp drive and a small transporter.
1994 D. Brin Those Eyes in D. Brin Otherness (1994) 205 Suppose we do have remnants of some super-duper, alien warp-drive scout ship from Algerdeberon Eleventeen.
1995 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape i. 10 We are short of most parts, the replicators are functioning only on an emergency basis, and the warp drive is down over fifty percent. Is that a fairly accurate assessment?
1996 J. Gunn Joy Machine i. 6 The Enterprise slammed toward Timshel within the starstreaked otherspace of warp drive.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper iii. ii. 22 The captain told him about the disabling of the ship's warp drive.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper ii. i. 2 They had only made a stop at Delta Vega to obtain the hardware they required to repair their warp drive.
2000 K. MacLeod Cosmonaut Keep (2001) 47 He'd have been absolutely fucking delighted with one that could be traversed with some kind of warp-drive or jumpgates or wormholes or similar fanciful mechanism.