nova bomb n.
an extremely powerful nuclear bomb
Unless it is switched off any attempt to enter the building in which the arming circuit is housed will also trigger the ‘Nova’ bomb circuit.
Gulf in Assignment in Eternity 80
We didn’t have nova bombs then; we couldn’t crack Klendathu open. [Ibid. 93/2] Since they hold prisoners of ours, we can’t use a nova bomb on Klendathu—so this time we go down, stand on it, hold it, take it away from them.
Starship Soldier in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 57/1
Two heavy cruisers, mile-long monoliths whose fields could withstand a nova-bomb, and whose armament could wipe out a system.
Sea's Furthest End in J. Carnell New Writings in SF 1 176
Out of the laboratories of the home world came a bomb capable of exploding a sun! A nova bomb, that could erase every trace of life from a system and leave it completely uninhabitable.
Voyage to a Forgotten Sun 17
PacRim’s been making noises about a nova bomb, but nobody really thinks they’re that crazy.
Ex Vitro in Asimov’s Science Fiction mid-Dec. 67
A heartbeat later Vice Admiral Whitcomb’s ploy of slipping the UNSC prototype Nova bomb into Covenant supplies had finally paid off: a star ignited between Joyous Exultation and its moon.
Ghosts of Onyx xxvii. 245
Robert A. Heinlein, Gulf
Research HistoryEnoch Forrester submitted a cite from a 1987 reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Starship Troopers"; Jesse Sheidlower verified this in a 1961 reprint, and subsequently in the 1959 magazine edition in F&SF. We probably no longer need to check the 1959 first edition.
Enoch Forrester submitted a cite from Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1975 first magazine appearance.
John Groth submitted a cite from a 2000 reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Gulf" in "Assignment in Eternity". Mike Christie checked the 1949 magazine version and the phrase "nova bomb" is not used there; however Rick Hauptmann verified the cite in the 1953 first book edition.
Edward Bornstein submitted a 1975 cite from "Voyage to a Forgotten Sun" by Donald J. Pfeil.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2006 cite from Eric S. Nylund.
In addition to any antedatings, we would like cites of any date from other authors.
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