Theodore Beale

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Theodore Beale
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Theodore Beale
Born Theodore Beale
c.1968 (age 45–46)[1]
Other names Vox Day
Education Bucknell University
Known for Writer, computer game designer, musician
Religion Nondenominational Christian
Parents Robert Beale
Website
http://voxday.net

Theodore Beale, born c.1968, is an American writer, sometimes using the pseudonym Vox Day. He has also designed computer games and been a musician.

Biography[edit]

Beale graduated from Bucknell University in 1990.[2] Between 1992 and 1994 he was a member of the electronic band Psykosonik, which recorded two Billboard Top 40 club play hits.[3]

In 1993, together with Andrew Lunstad, he founded a video game company named Fenris Wolf. They developed the game Rebel Moon in 1995, and its sequel Rebel Moon Rising in 1997.[4] Fenris Wolf was developing two games, Rebel Moon Revolution and Traveler for the Sega Dreamcast, when it closed in 1999 after a legal dispute with its retail publisher GT Interactive.[5] In 1999, under the name Eternal Warriors, Beale and Lunstad released The War in Heaven, a biblical video game published by Valusoft and distributed by GT Interactive.[6]

In 2000, Beale published The War in Heaven, the first in a series of fantasy novels with a religious theme, entitled The Eternal Warriors which are "about good versus evil among angels, fallen and otherwise".[7] The third in the series was published in 2006.

Beale was a lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America until 2013, when he was formally expelled from the organization.[8]

He had previously served as a member of the Nebula Award Novel Jury in 2004[9] and in 2007.[10] He was a contributor to the Black Gate blog until December 2012,[11] and under his pseudonym Vox Day, he wrote a weekly video game review column and other features for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.[12] He presently uses the pen name for a blog-Vox Popoli and (formerly) a weekly opinion column at WorldNetDaily (where his father was formerly a board member) and in the past was nationally syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate.[citation needed]

In 2008, as Vox Day, he published The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, a nontheological book devoted to criticizing the arguments presented in various books by atheist authors Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Michel Onfray.[13] The book was named a 2007 Christmas recommendation by the conservative magazine, National Review.[14] Beale's 2008 book, Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy, was nominated for an American Christian Fiction Writers award in 2009.[15]

Beale holds the design patent[16] for WarMouse, a computer mouse with 18 buttons, a scroll wheel, a thumb-operated joystick, and 512k of memory.[17]

Beale is the son of entrepreneur and jailed tax protester Robert Beale.[18] Beale also speaks German and Italian.[19] He has three children.

Views[edit]

Beale has been described as a "fundamentalist Southern Baptist."[7] In his book The Irrational Atheist Beale describes himself as "... a believer, a non-denominational evangelical Christian to be precise." Beale denies the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.[20]

Media Matters has described one of his WND columns as a "racially charged rant"[21] showing hostility to minorities. He has compared immigration by Mexicans and others to the US with a military invasion[22] and with the Nazi invasion of Europe,[23] specifically to Operation Barbarossa.[24] Beale is opposed to feminism.[25]

Feud with John Scalzi[edit]

Since 2005, Beale has been engaged in an online feud with science fiction writer John Scalzi. In February 2013, Scalzi attracted media attention with a pledge to pay $5 to various charities every time Beale mentioned him; after others echoed this pledge, over $50,000 was pledged in under a week.[19]

Conflict with and expulsion from SFWA[edit]

In 2013, Beale ran unsuccessfully for president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. In June, Beale used the SFWAuthors Twitter feed to post a link to his blog, in which he called an African-American author a "half-savage" and an editor a "fat frog.".[26] In August, after complaints from members and an investigation iniated by the board of the SWFA, Beale announced that he had been expelled as a member due to the incident. Beale posted a letter from the SFWA president to his blog.[26]

Discography[edit]

  • Psykosonik (1993) ASIN B000003RFN
  • Silicon Jesus (1993) ASIN B000003RID
  • Welcome to My Mind (1993) ASIN B000003RIF
  • Details Magazine Music Matters Volume 4 (1992) ASIN B000BJBNDS
  • Black Box - Wax Trax! Records: The First 13 Years (1994) ASIN: B000003RGU
  • Sunyata (2003) ASIN B0001ARVWY

Video games[edit]

Game Name First Released System Name(s) Beale's Role(s)
X-Kaliber 2097 1994 SNES Music (Psykosonik)
CyClones 1994 DOS Audio
Rebel Moon 1995 DOS Game Designer, Co-Producer
Rebel Moon Rising 1997 DOS Game Designer, Co-Producer
Rebel Moon Revolution Planned 1999 Windows Game Designer, Co-Producer
The War in Heaven 1999 Windows Game Designer
Traveller Planned 2000 Sega Dreamcast Game Designer
Hot Dish 2007 Windows Game Designer

Published writings[edit]

As sole author:

As a contributor:

  • QUANTUM MORTIS The Programmed Mind (2014), Jeff & Jean Sutton. Castalia House. ISBN 978-952-7065-13-6
  • QUANTUM MORTIS Gravity Kills (2013), Steve Rzasa. Marcher Lord Hinterlands. ISBN 978-952-7065-12-9
  • QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted (2013), Steve Rzasa. Marcher Lord Hinterlands. ISBN 978-952-7065-10-5
  • Rebel Moon (1996), Bruce Bethke. Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0-671-00236-7
  • The Anthology at the End of the Universe (2004), Glen Yeffeth (editor). BenBella Books. ISBN 978-1-932100-56-3
  • Archangels: The Fall (2005) ISBN 978-1-887814-15-7
  • Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth, and Religion in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles (2005), Shanna Caughey (editor). BenBella Books. ISBN 978-1-932100-63-1
  • Halo Effect (2007), Glenn Yeffeth (editor). BenBella Books. ISBN 978-1-933771-11-3
  • You Do Not Talk About Fight Club (2008), Chuck Palahniuk (Foreword), Read Mercer Schuchardt (Editor). BenBella Books. ISBN 978-1-933771-52-6
  • Stupefying Stories October 2011 (2011), Bruce Bethke (Editor). Rampant Loon Press. ASIN B005T5B9YC
  • Stupefying Stories March 2012 (2012), Bruce Bethke (Editor). Rampant Loon Press. ASIN B007T3N0XK

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beard, Matthew (November 18, 2006). "Boy, six, turned stories of his toys’ adventures into novel". The Independent: 11. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  2. ^ "Bucknell Magazine Summer 2008". Reviews and Criticism. Bucknell University. p. 17. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  3. ^ These were "Silicon Jesus" in September 1993, and "Welcome to My Mind" in February 1994. Billboard Music Charts. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  4. ^ "Rebel Moon Rising", IMDB, accessed May 17, 2010.
  5. ^ "Fenris Wolf Sues GT Interactive: Developer of Rebel Moon Series Charges Breach of Contract". IGN. February 11, 1999. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  6. ^ Lohr, Steve (October 18, 1999). "It's Demons vs. Angels in Computer Game With a Religious Theme". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  7. ^ a b Winston, Kimberly (April 16, 2001). "Other Worlds, Suffused With Religion". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  8. ^ Beale Expelled from SFWA at Locus; published 14 August 2013; retrieved 22 October 2013
  9. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (May 1, 2005). "New heights of prestige for the Nebula Award". Electrolite. Retrieved 2014-4-18. 
  10. ^ Silver, Steven H. (May 8, 2007). "News - 2007 Nebula Novel Jury Announced". The SF Site. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  11. ^ Blackgate.com
  12. ^ Loftus, Tom (July 31, 1998). "Fenris Wolf". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  13. ^ Smith, Lori (March 3, 2008). "In Defense of God: Atheist bestsellers Have spurred on protectors of the faith". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  14. ^ Derbyshire, John (November 21, 2007). "Christmas Shopping 2007: A Time for Recommendations". National Review Online. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  15. ^ Schab, Linda (July 26, 2009). "Announcing the ACFW Book of the Year finalists!". Grand Rapids Examiner. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  16. ^ United States Patent Number: D602493
  17. ^ WarMouse Meta Review
  18. ^ Tevlin, John (2008-05-04). "Tax deniers' crusade 'becomes a religion' - Wealthy CEO Robert Beale might not fit the profile of a tax evader -- except for an unshakable faith in his own convictions.". Star Tribune: B1. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  19. ^ a b D'Addario, Daniel. "Sci-fi writer makes $50,000 for charity off of his "troll"". Salon.com. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "The false doctrine of the Trinity". Vox Popoli. March 31, 2012. 
  21. ^ Krepel, Terry (May 11, 2010). "WND's Vox Day on reclaiming "traditional white Anglo-Saxon Protestant culture" through ethnic cleansing". Media Matters for America. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  22. ^ "Mailvox: the Hazlitt international trade challenge III". Vox Popoli. July 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-23. "...[T]he only substantive difference between a military invasion and a labor invasion is the failure to react by the government of the invaded nation."
  23. ^ "WND's Vox Day Likens "Mass Invasion" Of U.S. By "Mexicans And Others" To Nazi Invasion Of Europe,". Media Matters for America. October 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  24. ^ "Mailvox: the Hazlitt international trade challenge III". ; ibid. "The Mexican invasion of the United States is ten times larger in scope than Operation Barbarossa..."
  25. ^ "Terminal velocity". Vox Popoli. 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "Beale Expelled from SFWA". Locus Online. August 14, 2013. 

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