c.1968 (age 45–46)
|Other names||Vox Day|
|Known for||Writer, computer game designer, musician|
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.
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. 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. 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.
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". The third in the series was published in 2006.
He had previously served as a member of the Nebula Award Novel Jury in 2004 and in 2007. He was a contributor to the Black Gate blog until December 2012, and under his pseudonym Vox Day, he wrote a weekly video game review column and other features for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. 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.
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. The book was named a 2007 Christmas recommendation by the conservative magazine, National Review. Beale's 2008 book, Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy, was nominated for an American Christian Fiction Writers award in 2009.
Beale has been described as a "fundamentalist Southern Baptist." However, Beale denies the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. In his book The Irrational Atheist Beale describes himself as "... a believer, a non-denominational evangelical Christian to be precise."
Beale is opposed to feminism and female suffrage, writing that "I consider women’s rights to be a disease that should be eradicated." Media Matters has described one of his WND columns as a "racially charged rant" showing hostility to minorities. He has compared immigration by Mexicans and others to the US with a military invasion and with the Nazi invasion of Europe, specifically to Operation Barbarossa.
Feud with John Scalzi
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.
Conflict with and expulsion from SFWA
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." 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 to his blog.
- 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
|Game Name||First Released||System Name(s)||Beale's Role(s)|
|X-Kaliber 2097||1994||SNES||Music (Psykosonik)|
|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|
As sole author:
- The Altar of Hate (2014) ISBN 978-952-7065-23-5
- The Last Witchking (2013) ISBN 978-952-7065-04-4
- The Wardog's Coin (2013) ISBN 978-1-935929-97-0
- A Throne of Bones (2012) ISBN 978-1-935929-82-6
- A Magic Broken (2012) ISBN 978-1-935929-79-6
- The Return of the Great Depression (2009) ISBN 978-1-935071-18-1
- The Irrational Atheist (2008) ISBN 978-1-933771-36-6
- Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy (2008) ISBN 978-0-9821049-2-7
- The Wrath of Angels (2006) ISBN 978-0-7434-6982-1
- The World in Shadow (2002) ISBN 978-0-671-02454-3
- The War in Heaven (2000) ISBN 978-0-7434-5344-8
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
- Beard, Matthew (November 18, 2006). "Boy, six, turned stories of his toys’ adventures into novel". The Independent: 11. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- "Bucknell Magazine Summer 2008". Reviews and Criticism. Bucknell University. p. 17. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- These were "Silicon Jesus" in September 1993, and "Welcome to My Mind" in February 1994. Billboard Music Charts. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- "Rebel Moon Rising", IMDB, accessed May 17, 2010.
- "Fenris Wolf Sues GT Interactive: Developer of Rebel Moon Series Charges Breach of Contract". IGN. February 11, 1999. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
- 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.
- Winston, Kimberly (April 16, 2001). "Other Worlds, Suffused With Religion". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- Beale Expelled from SFWA at Locus; published 14 August 2013; retrieved 22 October 2013
- Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (May 1, 2005). "New heights of prestige for the Nebula Award". Electrolite. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- 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.
- Loftus, Tom (July 31, 1998). "Fenris Wolf". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- Smith, Lori (March 3, 2008). "In Defense of God: Atheist bestsellers Have spurred on protectors of the faith". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
- Derbyshire, John (November 21, 2007). "Christmas Shopping 2007: A Time for Recommendations". National Review Online. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
- Schab, Linda (July 26, 2009). "Announcing the ACFW Book of the Year finalists!". Grand Rapids Examiner. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- "2014 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- United States Patent Number: D602493
- WarMouse Meta Review
- 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.
- D'Addario, Daniel. "Sci-fi writer makes $50,000 for charity off of his "troll"". Salon.com. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- "The false doctrine of the Trinity". Vox Popoli. March 31, 2012.
- "Terminal velocity". Vox Popoli. 2013.
- Why women's rights are wrong, by Theodore Beale / "Vox Day"; at WorldNetDaily; published August 8, 2005; retrieved April 21, 2014
- 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.
- "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."
- "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.
- "Mailvox: the Hazlitt international trade challenge III".; ibid. "The Mexican invasion of the United States is ten times larger in scope than Operation Barbarossa..."
- "Beale Expelled from SFWA". Locus Online. August 14, 2013.
- Vox Day
- Vox Popoli
- Archive at WorldNetDaily
- Black Gate Magazine - Adventures in Fantasy Literature
- Theodore Beale at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Video games
- Theodore Beale at AllGame
- Theodore Beale at the Internet Movie Database
- Game bibliography at MobyGames