warp n.

= space warp n.; travel by means of a space warp, travel at warp speed

SF Encyclopedia


  • 1936 J. Williamson Cometeers in Astounding Stories May 22/2 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    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.

  • 1941 Cosmic Stories May

    ‘Oh, he'll be back, I expect, as soon as I release the warp. He’s probably wandering around in some impossible world or other’.

  • 1954 Galaxy Aug. 80/2

    Halfway between Earth and Venus there was a sudden shimmer as the Vegan ship slipped out of warp into normal space.

  • 1968 G. Coon Arena in J. Blish Star Trek 2 (1968) 2

    The Enterprise had difficulty in closing with her even at warp eight, two factors above minimum safe speed.

  • 1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. ii. 192 bibliography

    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.

  • 1974 J. Blish Star Trek 10 13 James Blish

    A peculiar physical warp, Captain, in which none of our established physical laws seem to apply with regularity.

  • 1983 D. Duane So you want to be Wizard? 47 Diane Duane

    ‘A warp,’ Nita whispered. ‘A tunnel through spacetime. Are you a white hole?’

  • 1984 D. Duane My Enemy, my Ally iv. 45 Diane Duane bibliography

    She came out of warp and coasted down into 285’s feeble little gravity well, settling into a long elliptical orbit around the star.

  • 1990 A. McCaffrey & J. L. Nye Death of Sleep (1992) 300 Anne McCaffrey Jody Lynn Nye bibliography

    The ship was capable of running on its own power indefinitely in sublight, or making a single warp jump between short sprints before recharging.

  • 1992 P. David Imzadi xxxvi. 275 Peter David bibliography

    The next thing I knew, the Chance had blown out of here at warp three.

  • 1994 Science 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.

  • 1997 J. Vornholt Mind Meld iv. 68 John Vornholt

    It was just the larger scout ship going into warp.

  • 1998 W. Shatner et al. Spectre ii. 25 bibliography

    The ability to create stable wormholes between any two points in space would be a development that could render the Cochrane drive—and, therefore, every warp vessel in Starfleet—obsolete.

  • 1999 C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere i. 9 George Zebrowski Charles Pellegrino bibliography

    No dust particles glowed and scratched warp trails on the bridgescreen.

  • 2013 G. Benford Man Who Sold the Stars in Hieroglyph (2014) 347 page image Gregory Benford bibliography

    ‘Wait, how the hell did you get here so fast?’ ‘Translight, sir. It’s a relativistic warp effect, been working on it for decades.’

Research requirements

antedating 1936

Earliest cite

Jack Williamson, in Astounding Stories

Research History
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2013 cite from Greg Benford.

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