Full record for nova v.

Definition transitively: to cause to become a nova; to destroy (a star, planet, etc.). Also intr.: (of a star) to become a nova; (more generally, of a star, planet, etc.) to explode.
OED requirements antedating 1949
Earliest cite in Robert Heinlein, in "Astounding"
Comment Aline Thompson suggested and Mike Christie located a 1952 cite from Robert Heinlein's "The Year of the Jackpot". David Eppstein submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of William Burroughs' "Nova Express'. Mike Christie submitted a cite from a reprint of Harry Harrison's "Bill, the Galactic Hero"; Douglas Winston verified the cite in a 1966 reprint. The cite does not appear in the magazine version. Ralf Brown located and Edward Keyes submitted a 1959 cite from Donald A. Wollheim's "The Secret of the Ninth Planet". Ralf Brown located and Mike Christie submitted a 1967 cite from Samuel R. Delany's "Corona". Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1955 cite from G.C. Edmondson's "Blessed Are The Meek".
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Citations for nova v.

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1950 J. D. MacDonald Shadow on Sand in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 16/2 We can nova a sun, explode a planet, blast a sea into steam in a tenth of a second.
1954 P. Anderson Lord of Thousand Suns in D. A. Wollheim Tales of Outer Space 84 And from study of the reports I even thought I knew about what and where it would be: one of the weapons that had novaed suns, a million years ago.
1955 G. C. Edmondson Blessed Are Meek in Astounding Sci. Fiction Sept. 126/2 The court astronomer had a vision of our planet in flames. I imagine you'd say our sun was about to nova.
1959 D. A. Wollheim Secret of Ninth Planet 28 We have not yet completed all our calculations, but preliminary studies indicate that if this type of solar interference is not stopped, it may cause our Sun to nova in somewhere between two and three years time.
1968 J. Sutton & J. Sutton Programmed Man 9 No world is apt to rebel against a power which could nova its sun, Captain.
1968 S. R. Delany Corona in Mag. Fantasy & Sci. Fiction Oct. 92/2 Bryan Faust walked across the platform to the microphones. Comets soared over his shoulders and disappeared under his arms. Suns novaed on his chest. Meteors flashed around his elbows.
1993 L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Timegod in Timegods' World (2000) 465 Freyda still wanted to sun-tunnel the planet or nova the sun. Odin Thor wanted to send the whole Temporal Guard back with thunderbolts.