Prof. Paweł Frelik

Pawel Frelik current photo


Degrees and positions

M.A. – 1994 – Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin – Projections of the World in Thomas Pynchon’s ‘The Crying of Lot 49

Ph.D. – 2002 – Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin – Man in the World of Technology in Postmodern American Science Fiction

Habilitation (D.Litt.) – 2015 – Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin – American Science Fiction and Its Border Media and Discourses

Director – 2015 – Video Game Research Center, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin



1996 – Goldsmiths College, London

1998 – Santa Barbara, UCSB, Summer Institute for the Study of American Literature

2001 – Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria

2011-2012 – Senior Fulbright Fellow – University of California, Riverside


Selected major publications

“Return from the implants – cyberpunk’s schizophrenic futures,” Simulacrum America, eds. Elisabeth Kraus & Carolin Auer, Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2000.

“From Jungle to Hive: The American Metropolis in Postmodern Science Fiction,” The American Metropolis. Image and Inspiration, eds. Hans Krabbendam, Marja Roholl & Tity de Vries, Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2001.

American Portraits and Self-Portraits. eds. Jerzy Durczak and Paweł Frelik Lublin: Wydawnictwo UMCS, 2002.

Playing the Universe. Games and Gaming in Science Fiction, eds. Dave Mead and Paweł Frelik. Lublin: Wydawnictwo UMCS, 2007.

(Mis)Reading America: American Dreams, Fictions and Illusions. Eds. Jerzy Durczak, Paweł Frelik. Kraków: Universitas 2011.

“Of Slipstream and Others: SF and Genre Boundary Discourses.” Science Fiction Studies 113 (March 2011): 20-45.

“The Future of the Past: Science Fiction, Retro, and Retrofuturism.” Parabolas of Science Fiction, eds. Brian Attebery and Veronica Hollinger. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 2013

“Dark Matters: Mapping Science Fiction on the Extreme Metal Continuum.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 24.2 (2013): 289-309.

“Digital Cinema and Audiences.” Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film, ed. Sonja Fritzsche. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014, 247-264.

“Gothic Videogames.” Expanding the Gothic Canon. Studies in Literature, Film and New Media,eds. Anna Kędra-Kardela, Andrzej Sławomir Kowalczyk. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2014, 269-286.

“Videogames.” Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction, ed. Rob Latham. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 226-238.


Scholarly interests

fantastic visualities, science fiction, videogames and transmedia, philosophy of technology, hypertext/cybertext, new media and storytelling, postmodern and experimental fiction



European Journal of American Studies – Editor (2006-2013)

Science Fiction Studies – editorial consultant

Extrapolation – Editorial Advisory Board

Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds – Editorial Board


Membership in scholarly societies

European Association of American Studies – Vice-President

Science Fiction Research Association – Immediate Past President

International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts

Digital Games Research Association

European Network for Cinema and Media Studies

Society for Cinema and Media Studies


Selected activity

International Pynchon Week 2010 – co-organizer

Science Fiction Research Association 2010 Conference – International Guest Scholar

Science Fiction Research Association 2011 Conference – organizer

Eaton Science Fiction Conference 2011 – University of California, Riverside – Advisory Committee member

Science Fiction and Technoculture Book Prize committee, University of California, Riverside – a member