Karen Anderson (writer)

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Karen Anderson
BornJune Millichamp Kruse
September 16, 1932
Erlanger, Kentucky
DiedMarch 17, 2018(2018-03-17) (aged 85)
Sunland-Tujunga, Los Angeles
OccupationWriter, editor

Karen Anderson (born June Millichamp Kruse /ˈkrzi/; September 16, 1932 – March 17, 2018)[1][2] published fiction and essays solo and in collaboration with her husband and others.


Anderson was born June Millichamp Kruse in Erlanger, Kentucky,[1][2] a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio.

In the 1980s she co-authored several books in collaboration with her husband, Poul Anderson.[1]

She is noted as the first person to use the term filk music in print[3] and she wrote the first published science fiction haiku (or scifaiku), "Six Haiku" (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 1962).[4] She also probably coined the term sophont to describe the general class of sapient beings.[citation needed]

As a student of philology in 1950 she, along with three friends, founded a Sherlock Holmes society, naming it the "Red Circle Society." She was, around this time, a friend of Hugh Everett III, of whose theories about parallel universes Poul Anderson later became an enthusiast.[5]

Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1982 novel, Friday, in part to Anderson.[6]

The writer Greg Bear is her son-in-law.



King of Ys[edit]

  1. Roma Mater (1986) with Poul Anderson
  2. Gallicenae (1987) with Poul Anderson
  3. Dahut (1987) with Poul Anderson
  4. The Dog and the Wolf (1988) with Poul Anderson

The Last Viking[edit]

  1. The Golden Horn (1980) with Poul Anderson
  2. The Road of the Sea Horse (1980) with Poul Anderson
  3. The Sign of the Raven (1980) with Poul Anderson


  • The Unicorn Trade (1984) with Poul Anderson


  1. ^ a b c "Anderson, Karen". Revised October 8, 2013. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (sf-encyclopedia.com). Retrieved 2014-08-14. Entry by 'JC', John Clute.
  2. ^ a b "Karen Anderson – Summary Bibliography". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2014-08-14. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  3. ^ Lee Gold. "Tracking Down The First Deliberate Use Of "Filk Song"". Archived from the original on 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
  4. ^ Anderson, Karen (July 1962). "Six Haiku". The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
  5. ^ Eugene Shikhovtsev's Biography of Hugh Everett, mit.edu; accessed 4 April 2018.
  6. ^ Heinlein, Robert A. (1984). Friday. New England Library. ISBN 0-450-05549-3.

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