Full record for esp v.

Definition to use extrasensory powers
OED requirements any evidence 1949
Earliest cite Eric Frank Russell, 'Postscript'
Comment Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1964 reprint of Eric Frank Russell's "P.S."; Mike Christie verified the cite in a 1958 version, and Rick Hauptmann subsequently verified the cite in the 1953 original magazine appearance, under the title "Postscript".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of George O. Smith's "Highways in Hiding"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1955 original magazine appearance.
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Sheckley's "The Lifeboat Mutiny"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1955 original magazine appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1954 reprint of Eric Frank Russell's "The Glass Eye", which Mike Christie verified in its 1949 first publication.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Mark Clifton's "Star, Bright".

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Citations for esp v.

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1949 E. F. Russell Glass Eye in Astounding Sci. Fiction Mar. 41/1 Eenif gestured toward the metal wall through which both of them could esp the new world in all its glowing colors.
1952 M. Clifton Star, Bright in Galaxy Sci. Fiction July 13/2 ‘How does he find me?’ I heard her think once. ‘I can't reason it, and I can't ESP it out of him.’
1952 M. Clifton Star, Bright in Galaxy Sci. Fiction July 16/1 Daddy, I've tried and tried to ESP you. Truly I did. But you don't ESP worth anything.
1953 E. F. Russell Postscript in Sci. Fiction Plus Oct. 32/2 They have esp and are telepathic. You think the questions and they write the answers. They read books by esping them. I've seen one hold a pen in a dozen fibers like long hairs and make a copy of what it had no eyes to see.
1955 R. Sheckley Lifeboat Mutiny in Galaxy Sci. Fiction Apr. 63/2 ‘I am Lifeboat 324-A,’ the boat esped again.
1955 G. O. Smith Highways in Hiding in Imagination Mar. iii. 27/2 As soon as we heard the screech of brakes and rubber we esped the place.
1958 E. F. Russell P.S. in Nebula Sci. Fiction May 27 The Rebans have esp and are telepathic. One only has to think at them conversationally and they write their responses. They read books by esping them.
1984 M. Bradley World Wreckers 22 We have no legal proof and there's no law against esping a machine to win.