Karen Anderson (writer)

Karen Anderson (born June Millichamp Kruse ; September 16, 1932 – March 17, 2018) was the wife and sometime co-author of Poul Anderson and mother-in-law of writer Greg Bear. She also saw published fiction she wrote by herself, and essays solo and in collaboration with her husband and others.


Anderson was born June Millichamp Kruse in Erlanger, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is noted as the first person to use the term filk music in print.

She wrote the first published 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.

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.

Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1982 novel, Friday, in part to Karen. In the 1980s she was an active writing collaborator with her husband, co-authoring several books.



King of Ys

# Roma Mater (1986) with Poul Anderson # Gallicenae (1987) with Poul Anderson # Dahut (1987) with Poul Anderson # The Dog and the Wolf (1988) with Poul Anderson

The Last Viking

# The Golden Horn (1980) with Poul Anderson # The Road of the Sea Horse (1980) with Poul Anderson # The Sign of the Raven (1980) with Poul Anderson


  • The Unicorn Trade (1984) with Poul Anderson