Karen Anderson (writer)

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Karen Anderson
Born June Millichamp Kruse
September 16, 1932
Erlanger, Kentucky, US
Occupation Writer, editor
Nationality American
Period 1958–present
Genre Fantasy

Karen Kruse Anderson (/ˈkrzi/; born September 16, 1932)[1][2] is the widow and sometime co-author of Poul Anderson[1] and mother-in-law of writer Greg Bear.


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

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

As a student of philology she, in 1950, 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, whose theories about parallel universes Poul Anderson later became an enthusiast.[4]

Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1982 novel Friday in part to Karen.[5]



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"". Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  4. ^ Eugene Shikhovtsev's Biography of Hugh Everett
  5. ^ Heinlein, Robert A (1984). Friday. New England Library. ISBN 0-450-05549-3. 

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