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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- 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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