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Robert Jerzy Szmidt is a Polish science-fiction and fantasy writer, translator, editor, journalist, and publisher. He is the author of two novels from the Universe of Metro 2033 series set in Poland.

Dmitry Glukhovsky has referred to Szmidt as "Destroyer of Worlds, a known Polish post-apocalyptic writer".


Born and raised in Wrocław, Robert trained to be a sailor but never worked as one. During the late 1980s and early 1990s he worked as a sales representative for Amber Publishing House, as well as dabbling in video and book selling businesses. He became the owner of one of the first legal video rentals in Poland.

In the late 1980s he created two magazines: Video Business and Video Premiery. Afterwards he moved into video games publishing (PlayStation Plus and Player Station Plus magazines), and he began working as a translator.

Robert J. Szmidt joined the Polish sci-fi fandom in the early 1980s, soon becoming a co-founder of the Sphinx Award, which was later renamed as the Zajdel Award. In 1985, he won the Śląkfa Prize as Fan of the Year. Robert moved to Katowice in 1986.

He founded the Science Fiction magazine in 2000, then created the Nautilus Award in 2004. Szmidt is currently a publisher and editor in chief of the Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror monthly magazine, which is the new name of the former Science Fiction magazine. He now resides in Ogrodzieniec.



  • Toy Land, „Science Fiction” nr 11 /2002; Fabryka Słów, Lublin 2008
  • Apokalipsa według Pana Jana, D.W. Ares, Katowice 2003; Fabryka Słów, Lublin 2008; Rebis, Poznań 2013
  • Zaklinacz, D.W. Ares, Katowice 2003
  • Kroniki Jednorożca: Polowanie, Fabryka Słów, Lublin 2007
  • Samotność Anioła Zagłady, Fabryka Słów, Lublin 2009
  • Łatwo być bogiem (Pola dawno zapomnianych bitew, Tom.1), Rebis, Poznań 2014
  • Szczury Wrocławia, Insignis Media, Kraków 2015
  • Otchłań, (Uniwersum Metro 2033), Insignis Media, Kraków 2015
  • Ucieczka z raju (Pola dawno zapomnianych bitew, Tom.2), Rebis, Poznań 2016
  • Wieża, (Uniwersum Metro 2033), Insignis Media, Kraków 2016
  • Na krawędzi zagłady (Pola dawno zapomnianych bitew tom 3), Rebis, Poznań 2017


  • Ostatni zjazd przed Litwą, Fabryka Słów, Lublin 2007.
  • Alpha Team, Fabryka Słów, March 2010.


Over 40 books originally written in the English language, plus the following video games:

  • Resident Evil 4 – Cenega 2007
  • Dawn of Magic: Blood Magic – Cenega 2007
  • Age of Empires II: the Age of Kings – Cenega 2006
  • Age of Pirates III: Opowieści z Karaibów – Cenega 2006
  • Hitman: Blood Money – Cenega 2006
  • Fantasy Wars – Cenega 2009
  • Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening SE – Cenega 2006
  • The Moment of Silence – Cenega 2005
  • Kryzys Kubański – Lodowa krucjata – Bauer 2007
  • Dyplomacja – Cenega 2005
  • Kryzys Kubański – Cenega 2005