“Creatio Fantastica” was created in 2005, initially as an e-zine. The founder, Emil Staszewski, continued to oversee the magazine as its editor-in-chief until 2008 when that role was taken over by Sławomir Spasiewicz. From issue 49, published in November 2012, with Ksenia Olkusz as the new editor-in-chief, the then-so-called “SF magazine” was transformed into a quarterly journal with a popular-scientific and artistic focus. The journal continued to develop this format under the new editor-in-chief, Krzysztof M. Maj, who took over the position in August 2014.
On April 16th, 2013 CF was assigned an ISSN number (ISSN 2300-2514), beginning the documentation of its activities in the National Library. In 2014, the editorial office has begun the process—initiated by the stepping down editor-in-chief, Ksenia Olkusz—of scientific evaluation following the guidelines of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland. In 2015, “CF” was included in the Polish Registry of Periodicals and Journals (Ns Rej. Pr 236/15) as a quarterly “Creatio Fantastica”, and its publication has been taken over by the Facta Ficta Research Centre NGO foundation in Cracow.
Among the writers who contributed to the magazine during the years 2005-2015, both with essays and short stories, were Cezary Zbierzchowski, Michał Cetnarowski, Łukasz Orbitowski, Paweł Majka, Andrzej Sawicki, Witold Jabłoński, Dawid Juraszek, Paweł Ciećwierz, Błażej Jaworowski, and Milena Wójtowicz. Since 2013, when a new literary section of the journal was founded, the number of literary texts published increased significantly, and, since then, among the authors publishing with “CF” we find Jan Żerański, Adrian Zwoliński, Paweł Lach, Katarzyna Ryrych, Maria Dunkel, Paweł Kukliński, and Adam Podlewski.
The exceptionality of “CF” is captured by the journal’s commitment to publish both full issues of open access academic journal (covering scholarly articles, reviews of academic monographs, and conversations with scholars on topics ranging across all possible kinds of representations of science-fiction and fantasy in literature, new media, and culture) and, simultaneously, Polish reviews of books, movies, TV series, graphic novels, games, or interviews on the web portal. “CF” regularly publishes literary texts, contributed by the established as well as debuting authors, particularly encouraging contributions from young writers who have the greatest potential to open new literary directions. Consequently, “Creatio Fantastica” is one of the very few venues, both in Poland but also internationally, that bring together literature, popular culture, and scholarly texts—continuously available in open access and free of any charge.
“Creatio Fantastica” also promotes many literary, cultural, and scientific undertakings. Consequently, “CF” allows a multitude of fantasy and science fiction representations to coincide, thus reminding both the public and scholars alike that these genres, despite their unceasing popularity, remain complex phenomena that require serious and multi-faceted reflection.
16.04.2013 — issuing an ISSN.
23.09.2015 — access to the Polish Registry of Periodicals and Journals (Ns Rej. Pr 236/15).
23.09.2015 — Facta Ficta Research Centre takes over the publishing of the journal.
12.07.2017 — “Creatio Continua” series is founded with its first installment being an open access ebook X. An Anthology of Fantastic Stories, edited by Adam Podlewski.
17.04.2018 — access to Central Eastern European Online Library.
31.08.2018 — access to The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities.