Filker, costumer, dramatist, club fan, etc.
Pro GoH (with Poul): ConClave 10 (1985), ConClave 32 (1997).
Super Secret Guest: GAFilk 8 (Georgia Filk Convention, 2006).
Interfilk Guest: OVFF 25 (2009).
Con Committees: Worked on 1953 Disclave,
1954 Worldcon in San Francisco and a couple
of Westercons including 1956.
Filk Hall of Fame (with Poul), 2002.
Sampo Award, ca. 1975 (may have been the last one given, but the trophy
never actually reached Karen and Poul).
Received costume awards at various Worldcons, mostly in the 1960's.
Member of Washington Science-Fiction Association from
sometime before the 1952 Worldcon (and served a term as its secretary)
until moving to California in July 1953.
Elves', Gnomes', and Little Men's Science-Fiction, Chowder, and
Their Halloween and New Year
parties were often at the Andersons, and for a number of years Karen made a huge
pot of clam chowder (recipe in Anne McCaffrey's Cooking Out of This
World) for their annual picnic.
Joined LASFS sometime in the 60's.
Fanzines: ALIF (FAPA), VORPAL GLASS, THE ZED (Die Zeitschrift für
Vollstandige Unsinn) (SAPS), TROBAIRITZ (APA-L), JONGLEUR (APA-Pi),
CALMATEMA (The Cult), misc. one-shots. Also Henry Kuttner memorial
"Mag Net," 1956;
"Alice in Thrillingwonderland," late 50's or early 60's;
"The Birth of a Notion" (by Robert Bloch), in the 50's.
Filk operettas staged:
"HMS Trek-a-Star," ca. 1967 and 1968;
"Hatty, or St. Simon's Bride," 1995.
First to use the term "filk" deliberately, in SAPS, 1953.
Did a lot of filksinging
(and creating) in the fifties.
Helped create the Society for Creative Anachronism, along with Diana
Paxson, Don Studebaker, and the like.
Founded a branch of the Baker Street Irregulars when in high
school; holds an Investiture in the parent body.
Life Member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of
Photo by Stan Burns, Nov. 1999