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|Born||Minnesota, United States|
|Other names||Vox Day|
|Known for||Writer, computer game designer, publisher, musician|
Theodore Beale is an American musician, publisher, science fiction writer, blogger, and former video game designer sometimes using the pseudonym Vox Day.
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, it is "about good versus evil among angels, fallen and otherwise". The third in the series was published in 2006.
He 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 John Derbyshire in 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.
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. Beale maintains that the vote does not signify his expulsion from the organization.
2014 Hugo Awards
2015 Hugo Awards
In 2015 Beale created a slate of candidates for the Hugo Awards called "Rabid Puppies," which placed most of its nominees on the ballot. It also led two authors and a fanzine to withdraw their own nominations, and for one presenter to withdraw from the event. According to Slate, it also lead to two nominations for Beale, and seven nominations for works published by the small Finnish publisher, Castalia House.
In 2014 Castalia House published the novel Victoria: A Novel of 4th Generation War, an American military fiction novel written by William S. Lind. Lind wrote the novel in the 1990s but could not find a publisher. Victoria was published by Castalia House under Lind's pseudonym Thomas Hobbes.
Hugo Award nominations
Beale has been nominated three times for a Hugo Award.
- 2014 nominee for Hugo Award for Best Novelette
- 2015 nominee for Hugo Award for Best Editor Short Form
- 2015 nominee for Hugo Award for Best Editor Long Form
Beale speaks German and Italian.
Writing for Publishers Weekly, Kimberly Winston has described Beale as a "fundamentalist Southern Baptist", but other journalists have made more pointed characterizations, such as Mike VanHelder's assertion in Popular Science that Beale's views are "white supremacist." Similarly, an article by Jeet Heer in The New Republic says that Beale "has written that women should be deprived of the vote and refers to African Americans as 'half-savages'", referring to Beale's own article "Why women's rights are wrong" and his conflict with the SFWA (noted below).
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 the SFWA
In June 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"  and Teresa Nielsen Hayden as a "fat frog." 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. 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."
- Psykosonik (1993)
- Silicon Jesus (1993)
- Welcome to My Mind (1993)
- Details Magazine Music Matters Volume 4 (1992)
- Black Box – Wax Trax! Records: The First 13 Years (1994)
|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 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
- 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.
- Did not see that coming, by Theodore Beale, at Vox Popoli; published August 1, 2014; retrieved August 12, 2014
- "Bucknell Magazine Summer 2008" (PDF). Reviews and Criticism. Bucknell University. p. 17. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
- "Psykosonik". Billboard.
- 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.
- "Fenris Wolf Ltd.". Retrieved 2015-04-10.
- "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.
- 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.
- "Throne of Bones". Black Gate.
- 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.
- "United States Patent Number: D602493".
- Stern, Joanna. "WarMouse Meta review". Engadget.
- Beale Expelled from SFWA at Locus; published August 14, 2013; retrieved February 15, 2015.
- Beale, Theodore (August 14, 2014). "The SFWA Board Decides". Retrieved February 15, 2015.
- "2014 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "2014 Hugo Award Statistics" (PDF). World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
- Beale, Theodore (August 17, 2014). "Hugo Awards 2014". Retrieved August 18, 2014.
- 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.
- Glyer, Mike (August 18, 2014). "Hugo Statistics Dress Sad Puppies in Black Armbands". File 770. File 770. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- "Two Authors Withdraw Their Work From This Year's Hugo Awards". io9. Retrieved 2015-04-15.
- "Black Gate Withdraws from Hugo Consideration". Retrieved 2015-04-20.
- "How Sci-Fi’s Hugo Awards Got Their Own Full-Blown Gamergate".
- Bokhari, Allum (April 4, 2015). "Hugo Awards Nominations Swept by Anti-SJW, Anti-Authoritarian Authors". Breitbart.com.
- S. Lind, William (June 17, 2009). "Washington’s Legitimacy Crisis". The American Conservative.
- "Victoria: A Novel of 4th Generation War". Castalia House.
- "2014 Hugo Awards". Retrieved 2015-04-05.
- "2015 Hugo Award Nominees". Retrieved 2015-04-05.
- D'Addario, Daniel. "Sci-fi writer makes $50,000 for charity off of his "troll"". Salon.com. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- VanHelder, Mike (April 17, 2015). "Culture Wars Rage Within Science Fiction Fandom". Popular Science.
- Heer, Jeet (April 17, 2015). "Science Fiction's White Boys' Club Strikes Back". The New Republic.
- "Why Women's Rights Are Wrong", by Theodore Beale aka "Vox Day"; at WorldNetDaily; published August 8, 2005; retrieved April 21, 2014.
- Vox Day (June 13, 2013). "A black female fantasist calls for Reconciliation". Vox Popoli.
- "Beale Expelled from SFWA". Locus Online. August 14, 2013.
- N. K. Jemisin (May 25, 2014). "Wiscon 38 Guest of Honor Speech". Nkjemisin.com.
- Vox Day
- Vox Popoli
- Castalia House
- Archive at WorldNetDaily
- Black Gate Magazine - Adventures in Fantasy Literature
- Theodore Beale at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Theodore Beale on Twitter
- Video games
- Theodore Beale at Allgame
- Theodore Beale at the Internet Movie Database
- Game bibliography at MobyGames