wormhole n.

an interconnection between widely separated regions of space-time, allowing faster-than-light travel between them



  • 1957 Misner & Wheeler in Annals of Physics II. 532

    This analysis forces one to consider situations…where there is a net flux of lines of force through what topologists would call a handle of the multiply-connected space and what physicists might perhaps be excused for more vividly terming a ‘wormhole’.

  • 1974 J. Haldeman Forever War (1976) 176 Joe Haldeman bibliography

    The human navigator only came into the picture if a miscalculation popped you into the wrong ‘wormhole,’ and you popped out in some random part of space.

  • 1976 C. Holland Floating Worlds (1977) 90 Cecelia Holland bibliography

    What’s it like? A Mylar wormhole.

  • 1989 Asimov’s Science Fiction Dec. 175/1

    In Eon, an artificial worldlet called the Thistledown, which somehow arrives from the future, contains the machinery for generating ‘The Way’, a kind of tubular wormhole universe, fifty kilometers in diameter and more or less infinitely long, snaking, not only through space and time, but alternate universes too.

  • 1989 Omni Sept. 86/2

    Wormholes—the minuscule holes that today’s cosmologist say may be shortcuts through space—might be pried open.

  • 1993 A. C. Clarke Hammer of God 18 Arthur C. Clarke

    But no way of avoiding the speed limit set by Einstein had been discovered, and although ‘wormholes in space’ had been proved to exist, nothing even as large as an atomic nucleus could pass through them.

  • 1993 Science Fiction Age Jan. 21/3

    The space station is located near the mouth of a newly discovered wormhole, a phenomenon that provides a short cut to a distant unexplored quadrant of the galaxy.

  • 1994 Analog Science Fiction & Fact Jan. 118/1

    A wormhole is a short cut through the Universe.

  • 1994 S. M. Baxter Ring (1996) 43 Stephen Baxter bibliography

    The flitter tumbled from the shimmering throat of the wormhole transit route from Port Sol to Earthport. Louise Ye Armonk peered out of the cramped cabin, looking for Earth. Mark sat beside her, a bookslate on his lap.

  • 1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper iii. v. 64 Michael Jan Friedman bibliography

    Long-range sensors turned up something we were not prepared for—namely, a series of subspace wormholes.

  • 2004 P. F. Hamilton Pandora's Star i. 22 Peter F. Hamilton

    Tanyata was very definitely a frontier planet; the last to be established in this sector of phase two space. It simply wasn’t commercially practical to build wormholes that reached any further.

  • 2005 Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest Autumn 102

    McKee pulls a switcheroo and has the Intimidator effectively trussed up and tossed into a wormhole where it passes through a nebula and into another corner of the galaxy.

  • 2005 I. M. Banks Algebraist i. 19 Iain M. Banks

    Following the Third Diasporian Age (and much more besides—galactic history wasn’t really simple on any scale) another wormhole brought Ulubis back on-line to become part of the Third Complex.

Research requirements

antedating 1957

Earliest cite

1957 Misner and Wheeler in 'Ann. Physics II'

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