Polish Fantasy author, born 1948. He began his career as a writer by sending a story about a "Witcher" to a writing contest organised by a speculative fiction monthly. He didn't win, but garnered enough popularity to become one of the pioneers of the fantasy genre in Poland, which ultimately allowed him to drop his day job as a fur trader and take up writing full-time. He is well-versed in fantasy literature, often discussing fantasy tropes and their appearance in various literary works. In his writing, he is fond of untranslated foreign language passages, Celtic or faux-Celtic themes, and cats.
- The Witcher series (1992-1999, 2013). Consists of:
- The Last Wish (originally published in 1991 as Wiedźmin (The Witcher), it was remastered to fit into the emerging continuity better and published again under the new title Ostatnie życzenie in 1993; English edition: 2008)
- Sword of Destiny (Miecz Przeznaczenia, 1992; English edition: 2015)
- Blood of Elves (Krew elfów, 1994; English edition: 2008)
- The Time of Contempt (Czas Pogardy, 1995; English edition: 2013)
- Baptism of Fire (Chrzest Ognia, 1996; English edition: 2014)
- Tower of the Swallow (Wieża jaskółki, 1997; English fan translation)
- Lady of the Lake (Pani jeziora, 1999; English fan translation)
- Season of Storms (Sezon burz, 2013)
- The Hussite Trilogy (2002-2006): Historical Fantasy adventure novels set in the time of the Hussite Wars. (The series lacks a real name, so it's known under that fan nickname.)
- The Viper (Żmija, 2009): Novel set in Afghanistan in The '80s
- Maladie And Other Stories (2012): A collection of short stories, first published in 2000 as Something Ends, Something Begins.
Sapkowski's non-fiction (mostly essays)
- Piróg, or, There Is No Gold In The Grey Mountains (1992): An essay about fantasy tropes and clichés, the history of modern fantasy and a criticque of the state of fantasy literature in early 1990s Poland. Nowdays mostly infamous due to a hefty dose of hypocrisy on author's side.
- The World of King Arthur (1998): Book about Arthurian myth.
- Manuscript Discovered in a Dragon's Cave (2001): An essay about fantasy tropes