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.

Early life[edit]

Theodore Beale is of English, Irish, Mexican, and Native American descent.[2] He graduated from Bucknell University in 1990.[3]

Career[edit]

Between 1992 and 1994 Beale was a member of the electronic band Psykosonik, which recorded four[4] Billboard Top 40 club play hits.[5]

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.[citation needed] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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".[8] 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.[9]

He had previously served as a member of the Nebula Award Novel Jury in 2004[10] and in 2007.[11] He was a contributor to the Black Gate blog until December 2012,[12] and under his pseudonym Vox Day, he wrote a weekly video game review column and other features for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.[13] 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.[14] The book was named a 2007 Christmas recommendation by the conservative magazine, National Review.[15] Beale's 2008 book, Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy, was nominated for an American Christian Fiction Writers award in 2009.[16]

In 2014 Beale's novelette, "Opera Vita Aeterna", was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette.[17] It came in sixth out of five nominees, behind "No Award."[18][19][20][21]

Beale holds the design patent[22] for WarMouse, a computer mouse with 18 buttons, a scroll wheel, a thumb-operated joystick, and 512k of memory.[23]

Beale is the son of entrepreneur and jailed tax protester Robert Beale.[24] Beale also speaks German and Italian.[25]

Views[edit]

Beale has been described as a "fundamentalist Southern Baptist."[8] In his book The Irrational Atheist Beale describes himself as "... a believer, a non-denominational evangelical Christian to be precise."[citation needed]

Beale is opposed to feminism[26] and female suffrage, writing that "I consider women’s rights to be a disease that should be eradicated."[27] Media Matters has described one of his WND columns as a "racially charged rant"[28] showing hostility to minorities. He has compared immigration into the US by Mexicans and others with a military invasion[29] and with the Nazi invasion of Europe,[30] specifically to Operation Barbarossa.[31]

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 and nonprofit advocacy organizations every time Beale mentioned him; after others echoed this pledge, over $50,000 was pledged in under a week.[25]

Conflict with and expulsion from SFWA[edit]

In 2013, Beale ran unsuccessfully to succeed Scalzi as 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 referred to African-American author N. K. Jemisin as "an educated, but ignorant half-savage, with little more understanding of what it took to build a new literature" [32] and editor Teresa Nielsen Hayden a "fat frog."[33] In August, after complaints from members and an investigation initiated by the board of the SFWA, Beale announced that he had been expelled as a member due to the incident. Beale posted a letter from the SFWA president on his blog.[33] Jemisin later commented that "if you represent the civilization to which I’m supposed to aspire then I am all savage, and damned proud of it."[34]

Discography[edit]

  • Psykosonik (1993) ASIN B000003RFN
  • Silicon Jesus (1993) ASIN B000003RID
  • Welcome to My Mind (1993) ASIN B000003RIF
  • It Has Begun
  • Unlearn
  • 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. ^ Did not see that coming, by Theodore Beale, at Vox Popoli; published August 1, 2014; retrieved August 12, 2014
  3. ^ "Bucknell Magazine Summer 2008". Reviews and Criticism. Bucknell University. p. 17. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Psykosonik". Billboard. 
  5. ^ These were "Silicon Jesus" in September 1993, and "Welcome to My Mind" in February 1994, as well as "It Has Begun" and "Unlearn". Billboard Music Charts. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  6. ^ "Fenris Wolf Sues GT Interactive: Developer of Rebel Moon Series Charges Breach of Contract". IGN. February 11, 1999. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ a b Winston, Kimberly (April 16, 2001). "Other Worlds, Suffused With Religion". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  9. ^ Beale Expelled from SFWA at Locus; published 14 August 2013; retrieved 22 October 2013
  10. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (May 1, 2005). "New heights of prestige for the Nebula Award". Electrolite. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "Throne of Bones". Black Gate. 
  13. ^ Loftus, Tom (July 31, 1998). "Fenris Wolf". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  14. ^ Smith, Lori (March 3, 2008). "In Defense of God: Atheist bestsellers Have spurred on protectors of the faith". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  15. ^ Derbyshire, John (November 21, 2007). "Christmas Shopping 2007: A Time for Recommendations". National Review Online. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  16. ^ Schab, Linda (July 26, 2009). "Announcing the ACFW Book of the Year finalists!". Grand Rapids Examiner. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  17. ^ "2014 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "2014 Hugo Award Statistics". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  19. ^ Beale, Theodore (17 August 2014). "Hugo Awards 2014". Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  20. ^ Baker-Whitelaw, Gavia (18 August 2014). "5 reasons to pay attention to the Hugo Awards—and one big reason not to". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  21. ^ Glyer, Mike (18 August 2014). "Hugo Statistics Dress Sad Puppies in Black Armbands". File 770. File 770. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "United States Patent Number: D602493". 
  23. ^ Stern, Joanna. "WarMouse Meta review". Engadget. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ a b D'Addario, Daniel. "Sci-fi writer makes $50,000 for charity off of his "troll"". Salon.com. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  26. ^ Vox Day (February 5, 2013). "Terminal velocity". Vox Popoli. 
  27. ^ Why women's rights are wrong, by Theodore Beale / "Vox Day"; at WorldNetDaily; published August 8, 2005; retrieved April 21, 2014
  28. ^ 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. 
  29. ^ "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."
  30. ^ "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. 
  31. ^ "Mailvox: the Hazlitt international trade challenge III". ; ibid. "The Mexican invasion of the United States is ten times larger in scope than Operation Barbarossa..."
  32. ^ Vox Day (June 13, 2013). "A black female fantasist calls for Reconciliation". Vox Popoli. 
  33. ^ a b "Beale Expelled from SFWA". Locus Online. August 14, 2013. 
  34. ^ N. K. Jemisin (May 25, 2014). "Wiscon 38 Guest of Honor Speech". Nkjemisin.com. 

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