Joan authored BEYOND THE LIMIT, a fictionalized biography of Sofya Kovalevskaya, noted mathematician and author. Research relating to Kovalevskaya has become Joan's passion. She has also published articles on teaching, computing and mathematics, co-edited two science fiction anthologies and prepared the introduction to MIZORA, a science fiction classic reprint in a series honoring early women science fiction writers.

Joan has worked as a high school mathematics teacher, database manager, electronic game company president, writer's assistant, lecturer and author. She currently is pursuing her interests in 19th century history of mathematics, the role of women in science, and all things Russian. She lives in Albuquerque NM with her husband, author Fred Saberhagen and their two cats.

Some rather basic facts

PSEUDONYM: Joan Spicci

RESIDENCE: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


Joan Spicci Saberhagen
PO BOX 11243
Albuquerque, NM 87192
EMAIL: joan@joanspicci.com (or) jsabe@berserker.com (or) joan@fredsaberhagen.com
WEB SITE: www.joanspicci.com

SPOUSE'S NAME: Fred Saberhagen married in 1968.

Fred is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels. Joan maintains Fred's website at: www.berserker.com

BIRTHPLACE: Chicago, Illinois


Jill, Eric, and Tom -- all grown

WHAT Joan Spicci DOES.



Independent Scholar.

Author's assistant to Fred Saberhagen.

Joan has worked as: high school mathematics teacher, database manager for the advanced planning division of the local power company, president of her own electronic game company, writer's assistant, author.


BS in mathematics, Loyola Univ of Chicago, 1964

M.Ed in secondary mathematics education, DePaul University, 1968.

none degree/none structured study in Russian language and history at University of New Mexico and with private instructors (off and on from 1990 to present)


BEYOND THE LIMIT -- The Story of Sofya Kovalevskaya. To be published Aug 2002 by Forge Press.

Introduction to MIZORA:A WORLD OF WOMEN, Mary E. Bradley Lane, University of Nebraska Press, 1999. ISBN 0-8032-7992-2. (as Joan Saberhagen).

Short relating of a family experience in GIFTED CHILDREN AND LEGAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION: PARENTS' STORIES OF HOPE, Frances A. Karnes, PhD and Ronald G. Marquardt, PhD, JD. Ohio Psychology Press, 1991. ISBN: 0-910707-16-2, p120-129.

Short mathematical entries for THE ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA (1970's)

Computer magazine articles (1980's)

- Co-author, Testing testing, Nov/Dec 1977, PERSONAL COMPUTING.

- Co-author, Homework, Jul/Aug 1977, PERSONAL COMPUTING.

Co-editor of PAWN TO INFINITY, Ace,1982 (anthology of short fiction) with Fred Saberhagen

Assisted in editing SPADEFUL OF SPACETIME, Ace,1981,(anthology of short fiction).

Technical writing of computer game manuals.

Translated from Russian to English UNCLE FEDYA, THE DOG, AND THE CAT, by Eduard Uspensky, 1993. (translated working under the direction of Ivana Cerna), (unpublished -- rights not obtained).

Translation of 88 letters of Sofya Kovalevskaya from Russian to English. Part of an NEH Grant Proposal (1995). Grant returned unreviewed. NEH ran out of funds that year. Letters are looking for a publisher. (translated working under the direction of Ivana Cerna)


-- all memberships as Joan Saberhagen


AWM Association for Women in Mathematics, current member -- at least since 1994

AAUW American Association of University Women (76, 96, 04, 05, 06,07). 2006-2007 Treasurer of the Albuquerque branch.


MAA Mathematical Association of America, (93,94,95)

ALTA American Literary Translators Association (95)

AWSL Association for Women in Slavic Studies (95,96,97)

AAASS American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies (95,96,97)

NCTM National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (65-??,95, 96,97)



Reading mysteries and adventure stories especially those set in the 19th century with women heroines. Joan's favorite author (after Fred Saberhagen, of course) is Elizabeth Peters. An interest in the works of the 19th century science fiction writer Jules Verne has been reignited by new translations and annotation by Richard Walter and Walter J.Miller.

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