"Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not."
This is probably the first use of the term, which will eventually bring phrases like "warp drive" into common usage.
This term is probably taken from weaving, referring to the "fabric" of spacetime. In weaving cloth, the warp is the set of lengthwise yarns held in tension on the loom. The yarn that is inserted over-and-under the warp threads is called the weft. Warp means "that which is thrown across" .
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