Era is a Science Fiction/Fantasy Universe in which short stories, novels and adventures are written in a collaborative way. Era was established in 1997 as USI-RPG, a play-by-email role playing game environment.
Era (Then known as USI-RPG or just USI) was created as an extension to a popular science fiction universe because we were unhappy with certain aspects of that universe, but were still enjoying the stories and characters which it was offering. Several years down the road, we realized that what we had created really deserved its own universe. So I along with other members of the community we began to refactor universe to present its own unique story, history, and technology.
Throughout the years I have continued to develop the universe, along with the help of that community which is why its now called Era. USI is just a single part of the universe and our timeline spans over a million years.