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    Help me come up with a word for, "Warp Drive" (SCI-FI)

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by cjones636, Jul 29, 2016.

    This is my first time writing a sci-fi short story. I've had this story in my head for a couple of years now, and would now like to get it out of my head lol.

    I'm looking for a word for "warp drive". A warp drive is a piece of technology that makes deep space exploration in the least time possible.
     
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    Really you need to decide how your drive 'works' (which is difficult because faster than light travel is impossible so making something logically consistent is the key) then from that you take your name

    for eample John Scalzi decided that his ships 'skipped' from one part of the multiverse to another thus they never really travelled they just arrived - hence skip drive (he had one character explain this to the others skipping the heavy physics by telling them 'you don't have the math')

    The forever war on the other hand made a plot point of the time dialation at near light travel, so that troopps on the ships experienced much less time than those left behind

    lots of other examples
     
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    ermm, warp drive gathers up space-time and squishes it about itself so it can thread itself like a needle through pleats. Yes?

    Random thought associations to the above:

    Space-time Threader
    Pleat Drive
    Continuum Compactor
    Chuck Norris (apparently when he does press ups the earth moves to and from him so why not)
    Hyper-Condensor (yes with an 'O')
    Space-Needler
    Interspace-Leaper
    Wrinkle-Spanner (you get 2 for 1 with this, also makes spacemen/women look 10 years younger)
     
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    I read FTL in a novel years ago - Faster Than Light, and memory tells me the author used the term "FTL drive". In Dune, they used the spice to "fold space".
     
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    Engineering has a habit of throwing up acronyms. I think you should be looking for a sci-fi phrase that would meet that criteria. A bit like Dr Who's Tardis; Time And Relative Dimensions In Space.
    Another option is to name the drive unit after a famous astro-physicist who developed the theory of interstellar flight; or so you can claim.
    Hawkings' Interstellar Drive; HID.
    Relativistic Interstellar Space Engine; RISE (I wanted RISK but couldn't think of anything suitable beginning with k.)
    C+ Warp Engine.
    MOBIUS drive. Come up with your own words for this acronym. I like the idea of taking multi-dimensional space-time and folding it to get fewer dimensions; rather like a mobius strip which has only one side and one boundary.
     
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    I'm planning to use: HSWT (Holy Shit, We're There) drive. :)
     
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    Are you writing about people who understand the technical details, or just about people who use it? If it's just the people who use it the way non-engineers use cars, then maybe the generic "FTL" would work well enough?
     
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    In Farscape they use Starburst.
    Subspace.
    Rift.
    Jump Drive
    You could even use a massive gravity well from a black hole, and some high energy engines to fling the ship into an FTL speed.
    Maybe even some kind of FTL gates posted at all destinations (manufactured wormhole concept).
    Quantum Time Space Displacement
     
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    ^liking just for farscape
    Space folder
    Space tearer
    Quantum folder
    Quantum space messer upper
    The Quick Switch
     
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    Look up Alcubierre Drive.
    Other than that, the warp drive concept is nonesense.
     
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    Planning the general functionality of the device ahead of time can definitely narrow down a good word or phrase for the technology. Quantum Tran-Spacial Engine perhaps? Quantum mechanics breaks down the ability for the universes smallest particles to essentially be 2 things at once. To shorten this name, you can just do QTE, or Qutie as a sort of hip way of saying it. Military has weird letter sequences they just make into words so it works. Hopefully this sparks something in the grey matter. ;)
     
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    Techyon Drive - A drive that harnesses techyons (faster then light particles)
    Wormhole drive - makes wormholes
    Hyperspace Drive. (the idea of going on a different "plane" to travel faster.
    Gravity Drive (High gravity results in time (and space) to bend around it. Effectively this means that the ship is moving as a normal speed, but just that the world is sped up around it, meaning in a relative increase in travel speed beyond the limit of light speed).

    I suppose you can alter the "drive" part to other terms like "Engine" "Generator" or whatever strikes your fancy.
     
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    Hi,

    If it's a warp drive as in Trek, then why not go back to basics. The drive is actually a spatial compression system where the bubble of space in which the ship travels is compressed somehow - which is theoretically maybe possible a la Alcubierre. So why not call it a spatial compression drive and then abbreviate it - eg the Spacom drive.

    Cheers, Greg.
     
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    Another way to put it, warp drive refers to bunching up the fabric of space-time so that you go through something like pleats, bending the fabric of space.

    Jumping space-time
    Threading space-time
    Jump drive
    Tunneling
     

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