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"Generally, the human race avoids doing anything radical until forced into it."
- Frederik Pohl

Star Drive  
  The propulsion unit for an interstellar space craft.  

Anderson was apparently the first to make use of this poetic term.

They'll know the principles of the star drive in a few more generations, and invent a faster-than-light engine almost at once!
From Genius, by Poul Anderson.
Published by Astounding SF in 1948
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Compare to Arthur C. Clarke's elaborate and beautiful use of this term in his amazing 1953 novel Childhood's End - see stardrive.

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