warp drive n.
a device by which a spaceship is enabled to travel through space by means of a space warp; a faster-than-light drive
With these modern time-warp drives a small magnetic disturbance is cumulative, and the center is like the center of a cyclonic windstorm.]
Stellar Snowball in Startling Stories Mar. 89/2
The atomic engines of ordinary space vessels attained only a small fraction of the inconceivable velocity which Alward claimed for the warp-drive of the Starling.
Flight of the Starling in Amazing Stories Jan. 10/2
An American scientist at Harvard had discovered the spacewarp drive. ]
What Mad Universe in Startling Stories Sept. 34/1
1950 Amazing Adventures 12
This ship works by warp-drive. It warps space, so that it can travel even faster than light!
Let’s see yarns about vampires, ghouls, werewolves, and other assorted spooks, as well as ray guns, six-headed Martians, galactic wars, and warp drives.
Letter in Marvel Science Stories May 128/1
Space is warped, just as your own scientists have theorized, and with the new warp drive our Altairian VI scientists have developed it’s no trick at all, even for an amateur to travel to any place he wants to in the galaxy in a matter of just a few days.
Girl Who Made Time Stop in Worlds Robert F. Young (1968) 13
One fact—normally of interest only to warpdrive technicians—concerns the curious propagation of radiation in warpspace.
Stainless Steel Rat (1988) 73
Though we are not far by warp drive from the Klingon Empire.
Spock Must Die! i. 1
Perhaps they never discovered the warp drive.
Starless World vi. 25
By the turn of the century the intricacies of the Toynbee warp drive had been sufficiently mastered to permit the building of large, well-equipped exploration vessels which were safe and reliable in operation.
Galactic Tours 50
McCoy came through the door as if he had already been under full warp drive.
Triangle xiv. 79
It’s like trying to work with a warp drive that has no magnetic field to shield you.
Pawns & Symbols xi. 231
Sekar entered the craft and found…that it possessed warp drive and a small transporter.
Star Trek: Lost Years x. 231
Suppose we do have remnants of some super-duper, alien warp-drive scout ship from Algerdeberon Eleventeen.
Those Eyes in Otherness 205
We are short of most parts, the replicators are functioning only on an emergency basis, and the warp drive is down over fifty percent. Is that a fairly accurate assessment?
Star Trek Voyager: Escape i. 10
They had only made a stop at Delta Vega to obtain the hardware they required to repair their warp drive.
My Brother’s Keeper i. 2
He’d have been absolutely fucking delighted with one that could be traversed with some kind of warp-drive or jumpgates or wormholes or similar fanciful mechanism.
Cosmonaut Keep (2001) 47
Research HistoryImran Ghory submitted a cite from a 1988 reprint of Harry Harrison's "The Stainless Steel Rat".
Conrad Feinson submitted a cite from a 1968 reprint of Robert F. Young's "The Girl Who Made Time Stop".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from a letter by Malcolm Gibbs in the May 1951 Marvel Science Stories.
Katrina Campbell submitted a 1981 cite from Bob Shaw's "Galactic Tours".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Silverberg's "Stepsons of Terra"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1958 first edition.
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of Allan Cole and Chris Bunch's 1982 "Sten".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 2001 reprint of Ken McLeod's 2000 "Cosmonaut Keep".
Andrew May submitted a 1950 cite from "Exhibit one", a story by an uncredited author in a 1950 comic book, "Amazing Adventures".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite for "spacewarp drive" from Fredric Brown's "What Mad Universe".
Garson O'Toole submitted a 1948 cite from Amazing.
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