a distortion of space-time that is conceived as enabling space travellers to make journeys that would otherwise be contrary to the known laws of physics
For centuries they had endured under their diverse forms of government…wrapped in special defenses which they to the mightiest weapons that human science could bring to bear. Of such were the Space-Warp that flowed in a solid cessation of light around Yorrick, the inconceivably compact hemisphere of Impermite that inclosed [sic] Pisbor, and the shimmering Web-Curtain behind which Chico hazed and danced like a mirage.
Every atom of ship load and crew was deflected infinitesimally from the space-time continuum of four dimensions, and thus freed of the ordinary limitations of acceleration and velocity, was driven around space, rather than through it, by a direct reaction against the space warp itself.
As soon as he was out of the planet’s effective space warp, he slipped into hyperspace and traveled toward Procyon and its dark companion at many times the speed of light.
The alphatron is still in fine shape, and the space-warp generator can still do a job.
We sort of duck into a space warp; isn’t that right?
Drive—space-warp [.] Range—18 years at light-year velocity [.] Registry—Earth, United Spaceship.
Originally the Enterprise was said to be powered by something loosely called a ‘space warp’. As episode after episode went into production, it became increasingly obvious that this point would have to be tied down.
The main cliché of pulp fiction was the man of today’s world, suddenly taken away or caught up, via Time Gate, spacewarp, or a prolonged period of suspended animation.
There was at least an acre back here, tucked away in kind of a space warp caused by Brighton’s irrational street pattern.
At the very least, it can lead to stories that are filled with jargon such as space warp, psionics, antigravs, droids and such.
Then I suggest that, if we were to reroute the warp plasma generated by your more powerful reactor to our spacewarp generators, we could create a sufficient subspace drive field to encompass both ships, and achieve a warp velocity high enough to get your vessel to Wezonvu in ten days.
N. Schachner 'The Son of Redmask'
Earliest cite in the OED: 1947. We would like to check the story "Men of the Dark Comet", by Festus Pragnell, in Wonder Stories of June 1933, which is supposed to use this concept, and perhaps the word.
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