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FWIW, I think -verse was in use well before Firefly; I remember "Buffyverse" and "Herc-verse", and this article on Buffyverse suggests that Joss picked up the term from the fans, instead of the other way around. I'm tempted to say "Buffyverse" was the first, but I can't swear to it. --Arduinna 20:31, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Xenaverse was in use in Xena fandom before the first episode of BtVS aired. Here is a reference to a comment posted to the Xenaverse mailing list in February 1997. ETA: Found a better reference. The Xenaverse mailing list was founded in March 1996. --Doro 20:27, 25 November 2008 (UTC)
I found a (what I presume first) mention of the term Carterverse in an archived ATX discussion from 1/30/1966. Which would make the use earlier then the one in the Xena fandom. I thinkthis article should be changed that term was used in Xena and X-Files fandom in 1996 already. Found no reference to Herc-verse or Hercverse in the archived Google Groups, though. WhatAreFrogs? (talk) 13:12, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
Excellent work! Please update the page. --Msilfan (talk) 03:27, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
Done :) WhatAreFrogs? (talk) 09:32, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

Overlap with shared universe?

I really don't see the significant overlap with shared universe. 'Verse can mean either the universe of a particular canon, a canon AU (the Wishverse, etc.) or a universe established in a series of stories, whether it's shared or not. A shared universe is a kind of 'verse, but the terms aren't synonyms, and "shared universe" is a big enough topic that I don't see the need to fold it into this page.--Penknife 20:03, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Cool, I'll just add cross references