Theodore Beale

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Theodore Beale
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Theodore Beale
Born (1968-08-21) August 21, 1968 (age 46)[citation needed]
Minnesota, United States
Other names Vox Day
Education Bucknell University
Known for Writer, computer game designer, musician
Religion Nondenominational Christian
Parents Robert Beale
Vox Popoli

Theodore Beale (born August 21, 1968)[citation needed] is an American video game designer, musician, 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 which are "about good versus evil among angels, fallen and otherwise".[7] The third in the series was published in 2006. He 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]

In 2014 Beale's novelette, "Opera Vita Aeterna", was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette.[16] It came in sixth out of five nominees, behind "No Award."[17][18][19][20]

Beale holds the design patent[21] for WarMouse, a computer mouse with 18 buttons, a scroll wheel, a thumb-operated joystick, and 512k of memory.[22]


Beale is the son of entrepreneur and jailed tax protester Robert Beale.[23] Beale also speaks German and Italian.[24]


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[25] and female suffrage, writing that "I consider women’s rights to be a disease that should be eradicated."[26] Media Matters has described one of his WND columns as a "racially charged rant"[27] showing hostility to minorities. In spite of his own part-Mexican ancestry he has compared immigration into the US by Mexicans and others with a military invasion[28] and with the Nazi invasion of Europe,[29] specifically to Operation Barbarossa.[30]

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.[24]

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" [31] and editor Teresa Nielsen Hayden a "fat frog."[32] 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.[32] 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."[33]


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. ^ Beale Expelled from SFWA at Locus; published August 14, 2013; retrieved October 22, 2013.
  9. ^ Nielsen Hayden, Teresa (May 1, 2005). "New heights of prestige for the Nebula Award". Electrolite. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  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. ^ "Throne of Bones". Black Gate. 
  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. ^ "2014 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ "2014 Hugo Award Statistics". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ Beale, Theodore (August 17, 2014). "Hugo Awards 2014". Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ Glyer, Mike (August 18, 2014). "Hugo Statistics Dress Sad Puppies in Black Armbands". File 770. File 770. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  21. ^ "United States Patent Number: D602493". 
  22. ^ Stern, Joanna. "WarMouse Meta review". Engadget. 
  23. ^ 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. 
  24. ^ a b D'Addario, Daniel. "Sci-fi writer makes $50,000 for charity off of his "troll"". Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  25. ^ Vox Day (February 5, 2013). "Terminal velocity". Vox Popoli. 
  26. ^ "Why women's rights are wrong", by Theodore Beale aka "Vox Day"; at WorldNetDaily; published August 8, 2005; retrieved April 21, 2014.
  27. ^ 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. 
  28. ^ "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."
  29. ^ "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. 
  30. ^ "Mailvox: the Hazlitt international trade challenge III". ; ibid. "The Mexican invasion of the United States is ten times larger in scope than Operation Barbarossa..."
  31. ^ Vox Day (June 13, 2013). "A black female fantasist calls for Reconciliation". Vox Popoli. 
  32. ^ a b "Beale Expelled from SFWA". Locus Online. August 14, 2013. 
  33. ^ N. K. Jemisin (May 25, 2014). "Wiscon 38 Guest of Honor Speech". 

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