Okay, I have recently purchased the HERO System core rules for the sole purpose of learning the mechanism to be used in FOA (and possibly paid more for that than FOA will cost at launch). Anyway, on first glance the system bears a more than passing resemblance to SJG's GURPS. I just wondered if there is some sort of connection between the two systems that anyone's aware of.
Historically Hero System came out before GURPS. There has been some cross pollination along the way. The Hero System was originally for Superhero games only (Champions) then developed into a more universal system. GURPS was designed as a universal system.