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"Science fiction operates a little bit like science itself, in principle. You've got thousands of people exploring ideas, putting forth their own hypotheses. Most of them are dead wrong; a few stand the test of time; everything looks kind of quaint in hind"
- Peter Watts

Wango Wave  
  Energy surge that accompanies the entrance into, and exit from, overdrive outside of normal space.  

One way to look for an interstellar civilization (in this story) is to look for "wango waves" - energy surges that mark entrance to and exit from overdrive.

After leaving the Kennessee it would drive away at thirty-five gravities acceleration for fifteen minutes and then go into overdrive - when it would cease to exist as far as normal space was concerned. Its disappearance would be marked by the emission of a monstrous surge of energy - a "wango wave" - which could be detected at hundreds of millions of miles. Near home base it would come out of overdrive with the emission of another, similar wave.
Technovelgy from Propagandist, by Murray Leinster.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1947
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Yet another of the endless variations on the technology and phenomena of hyperspace.

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