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Schizm Sequel for November
The computer game Chameleon, based on an original script by Terry Dowling, was formally announced at E3 in Los Angeles in May 2003.

The follow-up to the award-winning Schizm: Mysterious Journey (released in the US as Mysterious Journey: Schizm) will once again be a science fiction planetary adventure. Schizm 2: Chameleon (Mysterious Journey 2: Chameleon in the US) is set on a world ravaged by global war. Sen Geder awakes on a derelict space station orbiting the planet Sarpedon, only to be told by a recording made two hundred years before that he is being punished for causing the destruction of the world below.

Terry's latest collaboration with the Polish game developers Detalion is due from Toronto-based Dreamcatcher Interactive in November 2003. See the product website for additional information.


Dowling A Year's Best Again
Terry Dowling's chilling "Stitch", first published online here in December 2002, has been selected by editor Ellen Datlow for the 2003 international Datlow/Windling anthology The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection.

Playing the Palace
Terry's story "The Bone Ship", due to appear in the international Horror anthology Gathering the Bones next year, has been picked to represent the book in the March 2003 Australian Womens' Weekly. Terry's most recent story "Stitch" was published online in December 2002.

NSW Writers' Centre Workshops 2003
Terry will present four Science Fiction & Fantasy workshops at the NSW Writers’ Centre in early 2003, two for adults (1 February and 22 February) and two for young writers (14 January and 16 January).

The four workshops are:

YEARS 10, 11 & 12 THURSDAY 16 JANUARY, 10AM – 4PM

Do you want to be a Science Fiction or Fantasy writer? Have you ever wondered where Science Fiction and Fantasy writers get their ideas, how they build their strange, exciting worlds and create their characters? In this one-day holiday workshop, Terry will help you find and develop your ideas, create interesting settings and strong, believable characters (everything from heroes to monsters!). He will also provide useful hints on how to present your work professionally. Participants are asked to bring a sample piece of their writing to the session.

Young members and members’ children $30, others $40. GST inclusive. Bring writing materials and lunch.


Worlds and Futures that work. What you need and what to avoid. A one-day course on these exciting and lucrative storytelling genres with an emphasis on producing what sells. Terry will focus on the special requirements of the field: creating worlds which are consistent and logical, characters who are believable and interesting, and situations which will intrigue the modern reader. Special attention will be given to current local and international markets, the presentation of manuscripts, and important strategies for developing both style and the suspension of disbelief essential for success in the field. Participants are asked to bring a sample piece of their writing to the session.

Members $60; Members’ Concession $50; Non-Members $90. GST inclusive. Bring lunch and writing materials.

Enquiries should be directed to:
NSW Writers’ Centre
PO Box 1056
Rozelle NSW 2039
Phone: 02-9555 9757
Email: nswwc@ozemail.com.au


Terry to Teach Clarion
Terry has signed on as a tutor for the inaugural Clarion South Writers’ Workshop to be held in Queensland in January-February 2004.

Fantastic Fictions
Terry was a guest speaker at the Fantastic Fictions Symposium at Sydney University on Friday 27 September 2002.

Terry presented a paper entitled “Spot-Checking the Emperor” and also received a mention in “Exploding the Monomyth: Myth and Fantasy in a Postmodern World”, the plenary paper presented by Professor Brian Attebery of the Department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State University:

Terry Dowling, Brian Attebery and Scott Westerfeld chat over
dinner after the symposium. (Photo ©2002 Cat Sparks.)

“Other writers have found different, but similarly complex, ways of bridging the gap between themselves and the magical stories they want to retell. Besides [Jeanne] Larsen and [Ursula] Le Guin, this group includes Karen Fowler, Molly Gloss, John Crowley, Alan Garner, Patricia Wrightson, Terry Dowling. Their fictions are meditations on history as well as myth, and on the changing relationships between history and myth: I think this focus makes their work not only intricate and engaging, but important as well.”

The Symposium was presented by the Centre for Medieval Studies with support from the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association.


Dowling Interviewed in Aurealis
Terry is interviewed by long-time friend and colleague Van Ikin for the latest of The Ikin Interviews regular feature in Aurealis.

Terry and Van both became active in the Australian SF scene in the '70s and met up at Sydney University. They collaborated first on Van’s Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature and then on their 1993 anthology Mortal Fire: Best Australian SF. The full text of this interview will be posted shortly.


Schizm Sequel Planned
Terry is in the process of contracting with Polish game developers Detalion and Canada-based Dreamcatcher Interactive to produce a sequel to Schizm: Mysterious Journey.

The author reports that the sequel will be a science fiction, planetary adventure like its predecessor, but the new game will be set on a totally different world and will feature different characters to the previous game.

A representative review of Schizm from leading adventure games site Just Adventure.


"The Daemon Street Ghost-Trap" Optioned
Dowling’s 1993 ghost story “The Daemon Street Ghost-Trap” has been optioned for development into a short film by Queensland filmmaker David Groth.

The story was originally published in Terror Australis and has been reprinted in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Seventh Annual Collection and The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories as well as Dowling's collection Intimate Knowledge of the Night.


"The Lagan Fishers" in Best SF 7
Terry’s SciFiction story "The Lagan Fishers" has been selected for this year’s Best SF 7, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.

Schizm Wins in France
The DVD version of the computer adventure Schizm: Mysterious Journey, Dowling’s collaborative venture with Poland’s Detalion development team, won the Grand Prix for best computer game at France's Utopiales 2001.

Schizm beat big-budget titles including UbiSoft’s Myst III, Cryo's Dune and Microsoft's MechCommander II to take out the prize. “This is especially gratifying,” Dowling says, “because the CD version of the game had to lose 40% of the available narrative for disk compression reasons. Some of the now-blank mission logs were essential for presenting the story.” The game was also awarded Adrenaline Vault’s coveted "Seal of Excellence".

The fourth staging of the Utopiales International SF Convention took place in Jules Verne's birth city of Nantes from 30-October to 04-November 2001 and featured authors Brian Aldiss, Christopher Priest, Mike Resnick and Octavia Butler.


Peter McNamara Introduces Rynosseros
Respected Australian publisher and editor Peter McNamara has written a special introduction for the forthcoming MirrorDanse edition of the first volume in Dowling’s Tom Rynosseros series.

While available in the US and online in the SF Book Club hardcover, Rynosseros hasn’t been available locally for some time. As publisher of the original 1990 Aphelion edition of the book, Peter’s remarks give valuable insight into the book twelve years on. The new edition will also feature the author's preferred text.

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NSW Writers’ Centre Workshop
Terry will present another Science Fiction & Fantasy workshop at the NSW Writers’ Centre on Saturday 12 October 2002.

"Building Worlds and Creating Futures" will concentrate on "basic themes, useful techniques and the field's special requirements" and will focus on using the imagination effectively, strategies for creating plot and character, what you need and what to avoid. Participants are asked to bring a sample piece of their writing to the session, which will cost between $50 (for writers' centre concessional members) and $90.

Enquiries should be directed to:
    NSW Writers’ Centre
    PO Box 1056
    Rozelle   NSW   2039 Phone: 02-9555 9757 Email: nswwc@ozemail.com.au


Dowling Begins Doctorate
Earlier this year, Terry won a three-year scholarship to complete his doctorate in creative writing at the University of Western Australia.

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