Andrzej Sapkowski (Pol)
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Born in 1948, Andrzej Sapkowski trained in economics, becoming a senior sales representative for a foreign company operating in Poland until the escalating success of his award-winning dark fantasy fiction empowered him to write full-time, becoming the most translated Polish author after Stanislaw Lem. To honour him, his home city of Lodz, and his country too, granted him Honourary Citizenship; in 2012 he received the silver medal Gloria Artis for his services to Polish culture. He still lives in Lodz, in his spare time creating fantastical flies to lure fish, which should make his cat rejoice. He is most famous for his gritty Witcher cycle of tales, featuring a mutated hunter of monsters, cynical but honourable Geralt, in a world backgrounded by Slavic mythology and Polish history. This had its first outing in a short story which Sapkowski wrote impulsively for a contest organised by Fantastyka magazine—Sapkowski had already begun translating SF, and now in 1986 he scored with his own brand of writing. By 2001 Witcher was a TV series, and subsequent games adaptations will be crowned in 2015 by a release of the final part for PC, Sony’s PS4, and Microsoft’s Xbox One. Sapkowski’s fiction has won many national and international awards—to name but one: the David Gemmell Legend Award of 2009 for the English translation of his novel Blood of Elves.