Joan Bernott was born Catholic  and is best known for works of short fiction which focus on themes surrounding personal relationships and the ways in which fantastic circumstance can illustrate the complexities of everyday situations.
For example, her story "The Test-Tube Creature, Afterward" centers on the relationship of a young scientist and his strained relationship with a "creature" of his own creation. The themes explored include jealousy, responsibility and an examination of different types of love; themes which first appear in "My Father's Guest" and later reappear in "Troll Road".
- "My Father's Guest" (1970) - Quark/1, Paperback Library
- "The Way Home" (1971) - Quark/2, Paperback Library
- "Test-Tube Creature, Afterward, The" (1973) - Again, Dangerous Visions, Doubleday
- "Troll Road" (1978) - Cassandra Rising, Doubleday
- "Science Fiction/Fantasy Authors of Various Faiths". adherents.com.
- "The WSFA Journal #84, December 1974". wsfa.org.
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