The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society



Welcome to the website for PSFS, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society!

We are a membership-based organization of science fiction and fantasy fans based in Philadelphia, PA. PSFS had its first meeting in 1936, making us one of the oldest science fiction groups in the world. We are open to anyone interested in science fiction, fantasy, or horror, in all media from the written word to movies, TV, comics, games and gaming, and visual art. 

Our next meeting will be Friday, June 14 at 8 pm. This online meeting will feature guest speaker Betsy Wollheim, legendary publisher of DAW Books (bio below). This meeting is free and open to the public. Email for Zoom link!

Graphic with photo of Betsy Wollheim, guest at PSFS June monthly meeting 6-14-24

Elizabeth (Betsy) Wollheim has been a leading figure in SFF publishing for many decades, beginning as an editor at DAW Books in 1975 and taking over the company from her father, Donald A. Wollheim, as President of DAW in 1985. She ran DAW with co-publisher Sheila E. Gilbert until Gilbert’s retirement last year. During her career Betsy has worked with such noted authors as C.J. Cherryh, Tad Williams, Mercedes Lackey, Patrick Rothfuss, Nnedi Okorafor, Kristen Britain, C.S. Friedman, Jennifer Roberson, Saladin A. Ahmed, David Gerrold, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tanith Lee, Bradley Beaulieu, Wole Talabi, among others. In 2012, she became the first female long-form editor to win the Hugo Award during her lifetime. In 2022, DAW was purchased by Thinkingdom Media Group (Beijing) to be the SFF line of Astra Publishing House. Betsy continues to lead her list, as publisher of DAW, with her former employees and authors, on behalf of Astra.

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