Robert J. Szmidt

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Robert Jerzy Szmidt (born 26 July 1962 in Wrocław, Poland) is a Polish science fiction and fantasy writer, translator and journalist.


Szmidt trained as a sailor, however he never worked as one. In the late 80s and early 90s he was a sales representative for Amber Publishing House, and worked in video and bookselling business. He was also the owner of one of the first legal video rentals in Poland. In late 80s he founded two magazines: Video Business and Video Premiery. Afterwards he moved into video games publishing (PlayStation Plus and Player Station Plus magazines) and as a translator.[citation needed]

Robert Szmidt joined the Polish Science Fiction fandom in the early 80s and soon became a co-founder of the Sphinx Award, which later was renamed the Zajdel Award.[citation needed]

In 1985 he was awarded the Śląkfa Prize as The Fan Of The Year.[citation needed]

He founded the Science Fiction magazine (2000) and Nautilus Award (2004).[citation needed]

Szmidt is currently a publisher and editor in chief of the Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror monthly magazine (former Science Fiction).

Szmidt has lived in Katowice, Poland, since 1986.



  • Toy Land, "Science Fiction" No. 11 / 2002, Fabryka Słów, Lublin 2008
  • Revelation by Mr. John (Apokalipsa według Pana Jana), D.W. Ares, Katowice 2003; Fabryka Słów, Lublin 2008
  • Whisperer (Zaklinacz), D.W. Ares, Katowice 2003
  • Unicorn Chronicles: Hunting (Kroniki Jednorożca: Polowanie), Fabryka Słów, Lublin 2007
  • Szczury Wrocławia: Chaos (Wrocław Rats: Chaos)

Metro 2033 series[edit]

Schmidt wrote two books which were included in the official Universe of Metro 2033

  • Otchłań (The Abyss), Insignis, Kraków 2015
  • Wieża (The Tower), Insignis, Kraków 2016

Books translated[edit]

  • Campbell, Jack; Lost fleet: Fearless, Fabryka Słów, Lublin 2008
  • Campbell, Jack; Lost fleet: Fearless, Fabryka Słów, Lublin 2008
  • Church, James; Death in the Koryo, Książnica, Katowice 2008
  • Gibson, William; Spook Country, Książnica, Katowice 2008
  • Portis, Charles; True Grit, Sonia Draga, Katowice 2011