Full record for -verse n.

Definition suffix designating a fictional universe
OED requirements antedating 1997
Earliest cite in Entertainment Weekly
Comment The suffix is usually affixed to a form of the name of the series or universe ("Marvelverse" or "Trekverse"), the principal character ("Enderverse"), or the universe's creator ("Jossiverse", after Joss Whedon, creator of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Angel').

Malcolm Farmer submitted a 2003 cite for the forms "Buffyverse" and "Faithverse" from an article in SFX. Malcolm Farmer submitted a 2002 cite from the Baen CD-ROM Library's Honorverse Disk. Jeff Wolfe submitted 2003 cites from an article in Reason. Susan Francis submitted 2001 cites from Roz Kaveney and Ian Shuttleworth in "Reading the Vampire Slayer". Jeff Wolfe submitted a 1998 cite from N.E. Genge's "The Buffy Chronicles". Jeff Wolfe submitted a 2002 cite for the form "Enderverse" from Orson Scott Card's "First Meetings: Three Stories from the Enderverse". Katrina Campbell submitted a 2004 cite for the form "Jossiverse" from the (London) Times. Jeff Wolfe submitted a 2003 cite for the form "Angelverse" from the Angel Roleplaying Game Corebook. Patrick Broadhurst submitted a 1998 cite from Robert Weisbrot’s, "Xena, Warrior Princess: The Official Guide to the Xenaverse". Patrick Broadhurst submitted a 1997 cite for "Xenaverse" from Entertainment Weekly.

Katrina Campbell located cites for "Trekverse" on Usenet from 1990 and Jeff Prucher located cites for "Marvelverse" on Usenet from 1985, which suggest that this suffix may have been used earlier in fanzines or lettercolumns. We would like to locate any earlier print citations.

Last modified 6 July, 2008