Full record for nova v.

Definition to make something go nova
OED requirements antedating 1949
Earliest cite Robert A. Heinlein, Gulf
Comment Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Gulf", which Mike Christie verified in the 1949 first magazine appearance. Mike Christie found a reference to a cite in Tom Easton's "Reference Library" column in the March 2002 Analog; Robert Woodward and Tom Easton both verified the cite in the magazine. Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's 1951 "The Lord of a Thousand Suns"; Mike Christie verified the cite in a 1954 reprint. Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 2000 reprint of L.E. Modesitt's "The Timegod". Brandon Ray submitted a 1968 cite from Jean and Jeff Sutton's "The Programmed Man". Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1963 reprint of John D. Macdonald's 1950 story "Shadow on the Sand" which Mike Christie verified in the 1950 original publication.
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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.