Theodore Beale

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Theodore Beale
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Theodore Beale
Born Minnesota, United States
Other names Vox Day
Education Bucknell University
Known for Writer, computer game designer, publisher, musician
Religion Nondenominational Christian
Parent(s) Robert Beale
Vox Popoli

Theodore Beale is an American video game designer, musician, publisher, science fiction writer and blogger, sometimes using the pseudonym Vox Day.

Early life[edit]

Theodore Beale is of English, Irish, Mexican, and Native American descent.[1] He graduated from Bucknell University in 1990.[2]


Between 1992 and 1994 Beale was a member of the electronic band Psykosonik, which recorded four[3] Billboard Top 40 club play hits.[4]

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.[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, it is "about good versus evil among angels, fallen and otherwise".[7] The third in the series was published in 2006. He had previously served as a member of the Nebula Award Novel Jury in 2004[8] and in 2007.[9] He was a contributor to the Black Gate blog until December 2012,[10] and under his pseudonym Vox Day, he wrote a weekly video game review column and other features for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.[11] 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.[12] The book was named a 2007 Christmas recommendation by the conservative magazine, National Review.[13] Beale's 2008 book, Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy, was nominated for an American Christian Fiction Writers award in 2009.[14]

In 2013 Beale ran unsuccessfully to succeed John Scalzi as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Later in 2013, he was investigated by the Board, who subsequently voted to expel him from the organization.[15] Beale maintains that the vote does not signify his expulsion from the organization.[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]

Castalia House[edit]

In 2014 Beale founded his own book publishing company, Castalia House, where he has published the novels of such writers as John C. Wright, Tom Kratman, and Rolf Nelson.[24]

In 2014 Castalia House published the novel Victoria: A Novel of 4th Generation War, an American military fiction novel written by William S. Lind.[25] Lind wrote the novel in the 1990s but could not find a publisher.[25] Victoria was published by Castalia House under Lind's pseudonym Thomas Hobbes.[26]


Beale is the son of entrepreneur and jailed tax protester Robert Beale.[27] Beale also speaks German and Italian.[28]


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."[citation needed]

Beale is opposed to feminism[29] and women's suffrage, writing that "I very much like women and wish them well, which is precisely why I consider women’s rights to be a disease that should be eradicated. For what is rather more difficult to dismiss are the simple and easily verifiable facts that indicate women have seldom been less able to pursue their dreams and less able to achieve their desires than today, the Golden Age of Feminism."[30]

He has compared immigration into the US by Mexicans and others with a military invasion,[31] specifically to Operation Barbarossa: "The Mexican invasion of the United States is ten times larger in scope than Operation Barbarossa, and especially in a quasi-democracy where voting rights are quickly and readily granted, a free trade-led invasion and occupation will lead to the political subjugation of the invaded that will last longer and can be more oppressive than an actual military occupation. Most of the 3.9 million Axis soldiers who invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 never fired a shot and the only substantive difference between a military invasion and a labor invasion is the failure to react by the government of the invaded nation."[32]

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.[28]

Conflict with the SFWA[edit]

In June of 2013, 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" [33] and Teresa Nielsen Hayden as a "fat frog."[34] In August, after complaints from members and an investigation initiated by the board of the SFWA, Beale posted an excerpt of a letter from the SFWA president on his blog.[34] 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."[35]


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 Sutton, 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


  1. ^ Did not see that coming, by Theodore Beale, at Vox Popoli; published August 1, 2014; retrieved August 12, 2014
  2. ^ "Bucknell Magazine Summer 2008". Reviews and Criticism. Bucknell University. p. 17. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Psykosonik". Billboard. 
  4. ^ 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.
  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. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (May 1, 2005). "New heights of prestige for the Nebula Award". Electrolite. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Throne of Bones". Black Gate. 
  11. ^ Loftus, Tom (July 31, 1998). "Fenris Wolf". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  12. ^ Smith, Lori (March 3, 2008). "In Defense of God: Atheist bestsellers have spurred on protectors of the faith". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  13. ^ Derbyshire, John (November 21, 2007). "Christmas Shopping 2007: A Time for Recommendations". National Review Online. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  14. ^ Schab, Linda (July 26, 2009). "Announcing the ACFW Book of the Year finalists!". Grand Rapids Examiner. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  15. ^ Beale Expelled from SFWA at Locus; published August 14, 2013; retrieved February 15, 2015.
  16. ^ Beale, Theodore (August 14, 2014). "The SFWA Board Decides". Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  17. ^ "2014 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  18. ^ "2014 Hugo Award Statistics". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ Beale, Theodore (August 17, 2014). "Hugo Awards 2014". Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  20. ^ Baker-Whitelaw, Gavia (August 18, 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 (August 18, 2014). "Hugo Statistics Dress Sad Puppies in Black Armbands". File 770. File 770. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  22. ^ "United States Patent Number: D602493". 
  23. ^ Stern, Joanna. "WarMouse Meta review". Engadget. 
  24. ^ "Castalia House". 
  25. ^ a b S. Lind, William (June 17, 2009). "Washington’s Legitimacy Crisis". The American Conservative. 
  26. ^ "Victoria: A Novel of 4th Generation War". Castalia House. 
  27. ^ 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. 
  28. ^ a b D'Addario, Daniel. "Sci-fi writer makes $50,000 for charity off of his "troll"". Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  29. ^ Vox Day (February 5, 2013). "Terminal velocity". Vox Popoli. 
  30. ^ "Why women's rights are wrong", by Theodore Beale aka "Vox Day"; at WorldNetDaily; published August 8, 2005; retrieved April 21, 2014.
  31. ^ "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."
  32. ^ "Mailvox: the Hazlitt international trade challenge III". ; ibid. "The Mexican invasion of the United States is ten times larger in scope than Operation Barbarossa..."
  33. ^ Vox Day (June 13, 2013). "A black female fantasist calls for Reconciliation". Vox Popoli. 
  34. ^ a b "Beale Expelled from SFWA". Locus Online. August 14, 2013. 
  35. ^ N. K. Jemisin (May 25, 2014). "Wiscon 38 Guest of Honor Speech". 

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