Karen Anderson is a writer and zine publisher from California, U.S.A.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Karen Anderson produced The Zed, a mimeographed fanzine made for the Spectator Amateur Press Society (SAPS). This was a long-running small publication, with some issues consisting of just six pages, as was the tradition with many Apazines.
The Zed was short for Die Zeitschrift für Vollstandige Unsinn translated as The Journal for Utter Nonsense.
In the 1950s, Karen Anderson spotted a typo in a fanzine while reading an essay by Lee Jacobs on folk music, where he had mistyped "folk" as "filk".
In 1958 she edited and published the one issue tribute, Henry Kuttner - A Memorial Symposium, in honor of the death that same year of Henry Kuttner.
From 1960 till 1963, she also produced five issues of Vorpal Glass.
- Henry Kuttner - A Memorial Symposium
- No Holds Barred (with Poul Anderson)
- Vorpal Glass
- The Zed