Terry Dowling is one of Australia’s most respected and internationally acclaimed writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. He is author of Rynosseros, Blue Tyson, and Twilight Beach (the Tom Rynosseros saga), Wormwood, The Man Who Lost Red, An Intimate Knowledge of the Night, Antique Futures: The Best of Terry Dowling, and Blackwater Days; and co-editor of Mortal Fire: Best Australian SF and The Essential Ellison. He is also author of the award-winning computer adventure, Schizm: Mysterious Journey.
Dowling’s stories have appeared locally in such magazines as Omega Science Digest, Australian Short Stories, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Overland, Aphelion, Eidolon, and Aurealis and anthologies as diverse as Dreaming Down Under, Gathering the Bones, Centaurus: The Best of Australian Science Fiction, Alien Shores, The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories and The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Overseas publications include The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Ténèbres, Ikarie and Japan's SF; the webzines SciFiction and Event Horizon, and such notable anthologies as The Year's Best Horror, the Year’s Best Fantasy and the Year’s Best SF, with numerous appearances in the prestigious The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror.
Terry’s work has been compared to that of Jack Vance, J.G. Ballard, Cordwainer Smith, Ray Bradbury, Gene Wolfe, James Tiptree Jr, Kate Wilhelm, Frank Herbert, Harlan Ellison, Dennis Etchison and Peter Straub, and such South American writers as Borges and Cortazar, though his voice is uniquely his own, earning him complimentary entries in Twentieth Century Science Fiction Writers, the Clute/Nicholls Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, John Clute's Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia, the "Movers and Shakers" section of David Pringle's The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and the St James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers. Locus, the multi-award winning genre newspaper, has hailed him as "the most noted prose stylist in Australian speculative fiction" and regards his work as placing him "among the masters of the field". Peter McNamara has called him "Australia’s premier fantasist".
Dowling is also one of Australia’s most awarded writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. His fiction has won eleven Ditmar Awards, two Readercon Awards, three Aurealis Awards, a Prix Wolkenstein, and earned two World Fantasy Award nominations. Schizm: Mysterious Journey, the computer game developed in collaboration with Poland’s Detalion team, won a Grand Prix at Utopiales 2001 in France.
Terry has also won the William Atheling Jr Award for criticism. He is a respected freelance journalist and award-winning critic. As well as being reviewer of science fiction, fantasy and horror for Australia’s largest circulation newspaper The Australian since 1989, his essays, articles and reviews have appeared in The Bulletin, Omega Science Digest, Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature, The Sydney Morning Herald, The National Times and The Australian. He has written introductions for the Easton Press edition of Harlan Ellison’s Deathbird Stories (1990) and the British Library’s Jack Vance: Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography (2000). Terry has also worked as a consultant for Southern Star Television in Sydney.
Dowling has conducted writing workshops for the NSW Writers’ Centre, Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, the University of Canberra’s Centre for Creative Writing and the Perth Writers’ Festival. His appearances as guest speaker include the Powerhouse Museum, the Canberra Word Festival, the Perth Writers’ Festival, as well as university seminars and symposia, film festivals and science fiction conventions. As well as numerous radio and television interviews, magazine interviews with Dowling have appeared in publications like Locus, Interzone, Eidolon, Aurealis, Sirius and Men’s Journal Quarterly.
Terry is also a musician and songwriter, with eight years of appearances on the Australia's longest-running children’s television program, ABC's Mr Squiggle & Friends. He presently divides his time between Sydney and Perth, teaching a Communications course at the June Dally-Watkins Business Finishing College and completing a doctorate in Creative Writing.