Paweł Frelik is an Associate Professor in the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw, where he also leads the Speculative Texts and Media Research Group. His research and teaching interests include science fiction, video games, and unpopular culture. He has published widely in these fields, serves on the boards of Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, and Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, and is the co-editor of the New Dimensions in Science Fiction book series (University of Wales Press). He has also lectured widely on these topics outside academia. He’s talked about video games in California, short films in Florida, and the architecture of cinematic spaceships at the British Film Institute in London.
He currently serves as the Science Fiction Division Head of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. In the past he was President of the Science Fiction Research Association, the first in the organization’s history from outside North America, and Vice President of the European Association for American Studies. He is also the first non-anglophone recipient of the Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service in the field of science fiction studies.
He also has worked several parallel careers throughout the past twenty-five years. He’s worked as a stage manager in an Edinburgh theater; written lyrics for the premiere Polish metal band Vader; and has authored over 1,500 reviews and articles for a dozen music and cultural newspapers and magazines. He’s also translated, among other texts, Harry Matthews’ postmodern fiction into Polish and the biography of Behemoth (a Polish metal band) into English. He loves the Mojave.