15Warp speed/hyperspace

Warp speed is a concept in Star Trek that is similar to phasers. That is, previous science fiction literature had featured vessels capable of moving faster than light, just as there had been previous references to lasers. However, Star Trek elevated the idea of “warp speed” firmly into the

minds of the public, and its successful '70s syndication helped make warp speed a famous concept.

Trek's depiction of warp speed was a clear predecessor to the portrayal of hyperspace in Star Wars. Obviously, both serve as an explanation for how characters travel long distances through space. Interestingly, both are known for the difficulty this travel causes ships: Scotty became famous for “giving it all she's got, Captain,” while the oft-broken hyperdrive became a major plot point in Empire Strikes Back.

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