Robert J. Szmidt is a novelist, translator, and editor-in-chief of the following monthly magazines: Video Business, PlayStation Plus, Science Fiction and Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, all of which appeared between 1992-2012. He made his literary debut in the 1980s, then his career path veered into other areas and yet he has never forgotten his roots. At the turn of the century he went back to writing and founded his by now cult Science Fiction magazine, thus initiating a revival of interest in Polish SF.
He has published seven novels and two short story collections. A wiz at post-apocalyptic fiction, he is – not without grounds – called The Destroyer of Worlds. In The Apocalypse According to John, first published in 2003 and since then reprinted multiple times in response to its significant popularity, he foretold the Ukraine crisis and its likely consequences. His other post-apocalyptic fiction works include a novel titled Solitariness of the Angel of Doom and short stories A Glimmer Amid the Ruins, Kid, and Alpha Team, the first-ever Polish zombie apocalypse story.
He has travelled widely, crossed three oceans and visited five continents. He is a prolific translator with a dozen video games, as well as over sixty books under his belt. He created two science fiction awards and founded a website (www.fantastykapolska.pl) offering free access to the library counting over 500 Polish SF novels, novellas and short stories, not unlike Baen.com.