Full record for star drive n.

Definition a spaceship drive capable of interstellar travel
OED requirements antedating 1948
Earliest cite P. Anderson 'Genius'
Comment Also 'stardrive'.

Douglas Winston submitted a 1969 cite from Richard C.Meredith's "We All Died at Breakaway Station". Ralf Brown located and Fred Galvin submitted a 1972 cite from George Zebrowski's "The Omega Point".Douglas Winston submitted a 1991 cite from Dana Stabenow's "A Handful of Stars". Douglas Winston submitted a 1993 cite from John DeChancie's "The Kruton Interface". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 2001 reprint of Spider Robinson's 2000 "Callahan's Key". Douglas Winston submitted a 2002 cite from Chris Bunch's "Star Risk, Ltd.". Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Chad Oliver's "Blood's a Rover". Mike Christie submitted a 1948 cite from Poul Anderson's "Genius"

Douglas Winston submitted a 1963 cite for "stardrive" from John Brunner's "The Astronauts Must Not Land". Douglas Winston submitted a 1987 cite for "stardrive" from Chris Claremont's "Firstflight". Douglas Winston submitted a cite for "stardrive" from a 2003 reprint of Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's 2002 "The Tomorrow Log".

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Citations for star drive n.

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1948 P. Anderson Genius in Astounding Sci. Fiction Dec. 25/1 They'll know the principles of the star drive in a few more generations, and invent a faster-than-light engine almost at once!
1952 C. Oliver Blood's a Rover in Astounding Sci. Fiction May 33/1 Man's horizons exploded to the rims of the universe with the perfection of the star drive–he was no longer living on a world but in an inhabited universe.
1963 J. Brunner Astronauts Must Not Land ii. 11 Even to me–and I've spent my working life making science and technology comprehensible to the man in the street–it was a hell of a job putting the thinking behind that stardrive into everyday language.
1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. ii. 191 Minimal crew quarters are?used by duty engineers and by the star-drive crew.
1969 R. C. Meredith We All Died At Breakaway Station in Amazing Stories Jan. 11/1 The voice of the Organic Computer, pieced modulations, snips of the sounds of the voice of a man, began counting down the seconds until star drive was cut, until the three starships ceased their motionless motion, ceased micro-jumping through universes, returned to normal and real space-time.
1969 Amazing Stories Mar. 73/2 They'll probably stay sub-light, Bracer thought. Not much point in their going back into star drive now. They know that they can whip us without using any fancy tactics. But would it help us to go FTL?
1970 P. Anderson Tau Zero (1973) 34 Low acceleration on ion thrust had built up a modest outward speed, measurable in tens of kilometers per second. It sufficed to start the star-drive engine.
1972 G. Zebrowski Omega Point 11 The hybrid peoples of the empire were the result of crossbreeding between earth colonials, freed from the solar system by the early stardrives, and the original humanoids of the cluster.
1985 I. Watson When Timegate Failed in J. Clute et al. Interzone: 2nd Anthology (1987) 226 We trusted the human-built stardrive to thrust us successfully from sunspace to sunspace.
1985 I. Watson When Timegate Failed in J. Clute et al. Interzone: 2nd Anthology (1987) 233 Nine hours of objective time was equivalent to three hours of ship-time, approximately. Please tip your hat to Einstein and to the stardrive, product of human engineering
1985 R. Rucker & B. Sterling Storming Cosmos in B. Sterling Globalhead (1994) 45 We're alive, and we've found the star-drive.
1987 C. Claremont First Flight xi. 189 They managed to cope with the damage while staying in warp space. Miraculously, the explosion left their stardrive untouched.
1988 R. Silverberg Secret Sharer in Coll. Stories (1993)II. 73 It is the stardrive that issues this light: a ship eats space, and light is its offthrow.
1990 B. Shaw Orbitsville Departure 199 Then came the realisation that he was dealing in physical impossibilities–no star drive yet devised could produce the kind of acceleration which would be compatible with what he was seeing.
1991 O. S. Card Xenocide xv. 324 Jakt was getting ready to go back into space?to see whether the original Lusitanian colony ship could possibly be restored for another flight after so many decades without maintenance of the stardrive.
1991 D. Stabenow Handful of Stars vi. 104 The abundance of Terran-poor elements was staggering. Silver, platinum, copper, nickel, potassium, and uranium in quantities that, if Archy and Simon never thought us up a new star drive, would keep us beetling around the solar system for the next five centuries.
1991 J. Varley Steel Beach (1993) 477 He wants to know if I'm successful with the stardrive.
1993 J. DeChancie Kruton Interface vii. 74 That region is mostly empty space. No oversize stars, very little dust and gas. Not much gravitational interference. Not a bad place to test a new star drive.
1994 Sci. Fiction Age July 36/1 What we do is to check that nobody's doing the type of research that might lead to a magnetic spaceship, inertia-free field, or–worst of all!–an antigravity, warp-capable stardrive.
1994 R. Silverberg Hot Sky at Midnight 86 As I understand it, we have no workable stardrive, nor have we yet been able to discover any extrasolar planets, let alone one that would be suitable for human life.
2000 S. Robinson Callahan's Key xv. 254 Nobody has any idea what the hell they are, but all kinds of guesses have been made, some of them fairly science fictional. Black holes colliding. Star drives switching on. Wormholes eating galaxies.
2001 Interzone Sept. 51/2 Ripping through the increasingly murky atmosphere and into space, few of us really saw the titanic craters and pits of lava we left behind; igniting the stardrives of our new metal and ceramic bodies, severing the last shackles binding us to our ancestral home with barely a backwards glance.
2002 C. Bunch Star Risk, Ltd. xiii. 81 The port irised open, showing the strange colors of N-space for a moment, then they vanished, and there was the less stomach-wrenching hard glitter of stars and blackness of normal space as the liner dropped out of star drive.
2002 S. Lee & S. Miller Tomorrow Log xvii. 178 We bide under the protection of The Combine, which insures our ships do not carry the stardrive.