Rafał A. Ziemkiewicz

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Rafał A. Ziemkiewicz
Rafał Ziemkiewicz Sejm 2016.jpg
BornRafał Aleksander Ziemkiewicz
(1964-09-13) 13 September 1964 (age 54)
Piaseczno, Poland
GenrePolitical fiction, science fiction, journalist

Rafał Aleksander Ziemkiewicz (born 13 September 1964 in Piaseczno) is a Polish political fiction and science fiction author and right-wing journalist.


Science-fiction writer[edit]

In 1984, during his studies at the University of Warsaw (Polish language and literature), he joined SFAN science fiction fan association and started writing short stories. His first science-fiction short story (Z palcem na spuście) was published in 1982. His book debut was Władca szczurów (Warsaw), (1987). He also worked for two Polish science-fiction magazines: Fantastyka (1986–1990) and as a chief editor for Fenix (1990–1994), and collaborated with an underground publishing house "STOP" by distributing its books at the Department of Polish, University of Warsaw.

In the 1990s, he became one of the most popular Polish science-fiction authors. For his novels Pieprzony los kataryniarza (1995) and Walc stulecia (1998), as well as his short story Śpiąca królewna (1996), he was awarded the Zajdel Award, the most prestigious Polish award for science fiction and fantasy literature. He was also awarded Śląkfa for Writer of a Year in 1990 and 1998.

A popular theme in his works is the fate of Poland and more broadly, Europe, in the near future (from several to several dozen years). His books often paint the future in dark colors, showing the Commonwealth of Independent States disintegrate into a civil war, European Union becoming powerless in the face of Islamic terrorism, and predatory capitalism and political correctness taken ad absurdum leading to the erosion of morality and ethics. Thus his books are often classified as political fiction and social science fiction, although they are not seen as dystopian fiction.

Journalist and publicist[edit]

After the fall of communism, Ziemkiewicz became a conservative journalist and essayist. He began this career in the early 1990s as a publicist for Najwyższy Czas! weekly magazine. Until February 1997, Ziemkiewicz wrote political and socio-economical essays for Gazeta Polska (1993–1997). He was also a columnist of popular Polish magazine Wprost (2001–2003) and the Polish edition of Newsweek (2003–2007), and occasionally published essays in Polityka. Currently his columns are being published in Rzeczpospolita, Uważam Rze, Gazeta Polska, Niezależna Gazeta Polska and Interia.pl webportal. Many of his essays have been collected and published in book format. In 2001 he won the Kisiel Prize.

He has also worked as a radio journalist, working for Radio WAWA and Polskie Radio Program IV in the 1990s, Radio TOK FM in the early 2000s, later with Radio VOX FM and Program 1 Polskiego Radia. He hosts a television talkshow on TVP Info and a program on TVP Historia.

He was a spokesman for the Real Politics Union (Unia Polityki Realnej) party (1993–1994). In 1995, as a stipendiary of the National Forum Foundation he worked for the Republican Party in United States.



  • Władca szczurów Warsaw, 1987 (short stories anthology)
  • Skarby stolinów Warsaw, 1990 (second edition in 1993) (short stories anthology)
  • Zero złudzeń Białowieża, 1991 (short stories anthology)
  • Wybrańcy Bogów Warsaw, 1991 (second edition in 2000)
  • Pieprzony los Kataryniarza Warsaw, 1995
  • Czerwone dywany, odmierzony krok Warsaw, 1996
  • Walc Stulecia Warsaw, 1998 (second edition in 2010)
  • Cała kupa wielkich braci Lublin, 2002 (short stories anthology)
  • Ciało obce Warsaw, 2005
  • Ognie na skałach Lublin, 2005
  • Coś mocniejszego Lublin, 2006 (short stories anthology)
  • Żywina (2008)
  • Zgred (2011)
  • Władca Szczurów" (juvenilia), 2012


  • Zero zdziwień Warsaw, 1995 (essays)
  • Viagra mać Warsaw, 2002 (essays)
  • Frajerzy Lublin, 2003 (essays)
  • Polactwo Lublin, 2004 (essays)
  • Michnikowszczyzna. Zapis choroby Lublin, 2006
  • Czas wrzeszczących staruszków Lublin, 2008
  • W skrócie, 2009
  • W sieci, 2009
  • Wkurzam salon, 2011
  • Myśli nowoczesnego endeka, 2012
  • Jakie piękne samobójstwo, 2014
  • Złowrogi Cień Marszałka", 2017
  • Sanacja czy demokracja?", 2018 (essays)


Preceded by
Andrzej Sapkowski
ESFS award for Best Author
Succeeded by
James White


External links[edit]

Ziemkiewicz on twitter: @R_A_Zemkevitz (EN) @R_A_Ziemkiewicz (PL) www.uziemkiewicza.pl