Tomasz Kołodziejczak (born 13 October 1967 in Warsaw) is a Polish science fiction and fantasy writer, screenwriter, publisher and editor of books, comics and role-playing games.
Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. The metropolis stands on the Vistula River in east-central Poland and its population is officially estimated at 1.78 million residents within a greater metropolitan area of 3.1 million residents, which makes Warsaw the 8th most-populous capital city in the European Union. The city limits cover 516.9 square kilometres (199.6 sq mi), while the metropolitan area covers 6,100.43 square kilometres (2,355.39 sq mi). Warsaw is an alpha global city, a major international tourist destination, and a significant cultural, political and economic hub. Its historical old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction that has been called the "literature of ideas". It typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, time travel, parallel universes, fictional worlds, space exploration, and extraterrestrial life. It often explores the potential consequences of scientific innovations.
Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often inspired by real world myth and folklore. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became literature and drama. From the twentieth century it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels, manga and video games.
He made his debut in 1985 with the short story Kukiełki (Rag Dolls) in Przegląd Techniczny. He has published several novels: Wybierz swoją śmierć (Choose Your Own Death), Krew i Kamień (Blood and the Stone), Kolory sztandarów (Colors of the Flags), and Schwytany w światła (Caught in the Lights), as well as the short-story collections Wrócę do ciebie, kacie (I’ll Come Back to You, Hangman), Przygody rycerza Darlana (The Adventures of Darlan the Knight); and a game, Rzeźbiarze Pierścieni (Sculptors of the Rings). He has been nominated seven times for the Janusz A. Zajdel Award and received it in 1996 for the novel Kolory sztandarów. Recently, readers have nominated his short story Czerwona Mgła (The Red Fog) for the Zajdel Award in 2012. Currently, he is working on a novel based on the world introduced in this story. In 2008 he published a graphic novel for children, Darlan i Horwazy – Złoty Kur (Darlan and Horwazy: The Golden Hen), with art by Krzysztof Kopeć. He is a three-time winner of the Śląkfa Award (for both publishing and fan activity) and winner of the Papcio Chmiel Award for his services to Polish comics. His novels and short stories have been translated into Czech, English, Lithuanian and Russian. He is the author of reviews and literary features, editor of two magazines, Voyager and Magia i Miecz, compiler of anthologies, and presenter of programs about popular culture on television and radio. He is a member of the literary group Klub Tfurcuf. Currently, he is a publisher of comics and board games at the publishing house Egmont Poland.
Przegląd Techniczny is a Polish engineering journal that has been published since 1866. It is one of the oldest journals in Europe on technical topics. Ewa Mańkiewicz-Cudny serves as the editor-in-chief. 50% of readers are managers of companies or scientific institutes, 75% have higher education, and 85% are aged between 25 and 45 years old. The games reviewed in the journal inspired Adrian Chmielarz to take up gaming, leading to his creation of many Polish video game classics like Tajemnica Statuetki.
The Janusz A. Zajdel Award, often called just Zajdel, is the annual award given by the Polish science fiction and fantasy fandom for the best stories published in the previous year. The winners are chosen in a vote by fans present at the Polcon convention from up to five nominations in each of two categories:
Śląkfa is the oldest of Polish science fiction and fantasy award, although less known than the Janusz A. Zajdel Award. It is awarded by the Silesian Fantasy Club, the oldest of still-active Polish fandom organizations. The award was first presented in 1983. It is awarded in three categories: Creator of the Year, Publisher of the Year and Fan of the Year.
Michael Kandel is an American translator and author of science fiction.
The Cross of Merit is a Polish civil state decoration established on June 23, 1923, to recognize services to the state.
Andrzej Sapkowski is a Polish fantasy writer. He is best known for his book series, The Witcher. His books have been translated into about 20 languages.
Janusz Andrzej Zajdel was a Polish science fiction author, second in popularity in Poland to Stanisław Lem. His major genres were social science fiction and dystopia. His main recurring theme involved the gloomy prospects for a space environment into which mankind carried totalitarian ideas and habits: Red Space Republics, or Space Labor Camps, or both. His heroes desperately try to find meaning in the world around them.
Rafał Aleksander Ziemkiewicz is a Polish political fiction and science fiction author and right-wing journalist.
Andrzej Pilipiuk, Polish humoristic science-fiction and fantasy author. He debuted in 1996 with short story "Hiena", which featured the first appearance of Jakub Wędrowycz, an alcoholic exorcist. Since that time, Pilipiuk has written several dozen other short stories about that character.
Blood of Elves is the first novel in the Witcher Saga written by the Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski, first published in Poland in 1994. It is a sequel to the Witcher short stories collected in the books The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny and is followed by Time of Contempt. The book won the Janusz A. Zajdel Award and David Gemmell Legend Award awards. An English translation was published in the United Kingdom in 2008 (Gollancz) and in the United States in 2009 (Orbit).
Tomasz Pacyński was a Polish fantasy and science fiction writer. He was one of the creators and since 2004 the chief editor of Fahrenheit, the first Polish Internet science fiction fanzine. He published short stories in such magazines as Science Fiction, SFera, and Fantasy, and in Internet fanzines such as Fahrenheit, Esensja, Fantazin and Srebrny Glob. He also wrote articles published in SFera and Science Fiction.
Marek Baraniecki is a Polish science fiction writer and journalist. He graduated in environmental engineering. In 1985 he published a short story collection Głowa Kasandry, and for a novel with the same title he was given the Janusz A. Zajdel Award.
Wojciech Świdziniewski born in Białystok, is a Polish fantasy writer and columnist. His first short story, The Consecrated (Konsekrowany), was published in Fantastyka, Poland's leading fantasy literary magazine, in 1999. His another short stories were published in Polish magazine Science Fiction, ezine Fahrenheit and fanzine WIDOK z Wysokiego Zamku. His short story The Stone-Masons (Murarze) was nominated for Janusz A. Zajdel Award, in 2001. Świdziniewski died on 17 September 2009 about month before publishing his first fantasy novel Troubles in Hamdirholm.
Science fiction and fantasy in Poland dates to the late 18th century. During the later years of the People's Republic of Poland, social science fiction was a very popular genre of science fiction. Afterwards, many others gained prominence. Currently there are many science fiction writers in Poland. Internationally, the best known Polish science fiction writer is Stanisław Lem. As elsewhere, Polish science fiction is closely related to the genres of fantasy, horror and others. Although many English language writers have been translated into Polish, relatively few Polish language science fiction has been translated into English.
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