[Ads-l] antedating Warp Speed

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 27 21:30:09 UTC 2020

warp speed
OED SF Project and OED have 1977

1952 Fox B. Holden "Yachting Party"  _Imagination_  Jan 95/2 [Internet Archive]
"'Free' speed, with old-fashioned fuel-eating jets which were supposed to be carried as emergency power units only, was forty thousand miles a second at best -- warp-speed, depending on the dimension you used, had a top of better than a thousand light-years a minute."

1973 _Fantasy & Science Fiction_ Aug 162/2 [Internet Archive]
[classified ad] "Alien Space costs $4 and gives each player command of a warp speed starship, equipped with blazers, shields, sensors, main and auxiliary engines, life support systems, etc."

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