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Vox Day
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Vox Day
Born Theodore Beale
Minnesota, United States
Education Bucknell University
Known for Writer, computer game designer, publisher, musician
Religion Nondenominational Christian
Parent(s) Robert Beale
Website voxday.blogspot.com

Vox Day (birth name Theodore Beale) is an American publisher, science fiction writer, blogger, musician and video game designer.

Early life[edit]

Day is the son of entrepreneur and jailed tax protester Robert Beale.[1] He claims to be of English, Irish, Mexican, and Native American descent.[2] He graduated from Bucknell University in 1990.[3]


Between 1992 and 1994 Day 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.[6] 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.[7] In 1999, under the name Eternal Warriors, Day and Lunstad released The War in Heaven, a biblical video game published by Valusoft and distributed by GT Interactive.[8]

In 2000, Day 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".[9] The third in the series was published in 2006.

He 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 Day wrote a weekly video game review column and other features for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.[13] He presently uses the pen name Vox Day 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, Day published The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, a 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 John Derbyshire in the online conservative magazine, National Review Online.[15] Day's 2008 book, Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy, was nominated for an American Christian Fiction Writers award in 2009.[16]

Day holds the design patent[17] for WarMouse, a computer mouse with 18 buttons, a scroll wheel, a thumb-operated joystick, and 512k of memory.[18]

In 2013 Day ran unsuccessfully against Steven Gould 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, over his use of a promotional SFWA Twitter feed in an manner that allegedly violated organization guidelines (specifically, to link to blog posts making inflammatory remarks about other authors and editors).[19] Day maintains that the vote does not signify his expulsion from the organization.[20]

2014 Hugo Awards[edit]

In 2014 Day's novelette, "Opera Vita Aeterna", was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette,[21] as part of Larry Correia's Sad Puppies campaign to manipulate the Hugo ballot; Correia later explained that he had included "Opera" in his campaign because he had enjoyed it, because he wanted to increase participation in the Hugo nomination process, and because he wanted to upset people, stating that he "nominated Vox Day because Satan didn’t have any eligible works that period."[22]

The Hugo voters ranked "Opera" sixth out of five nominees, behind "No Award."[23][24][25][26]

2015 Hugo Awards[edit]

In 2015 Day created a slate of candidates for the Hugo Awards called "Rabid Puppies", which placed most of its nominees on the ballot. Two of the nominations were for Day himself, and eleven were for works published by the small Finnish publisher Castalia House,[27] for which Day is lead editor.[28] Of those other nominees, two authors, an editor, and a fanzine subsequently withdrew their own nominations; three of these four explicitly cited the wish to dissociate themselves from Day as being among their reasons for doing so.[29][30][31]

Day included himself in the categories Best Editor, Long Form and Best Editor, Short Form. He came in sixth of five in the Long Form category and fifth of four in Short Form (thanks to the withdrawal of Edmund R. Schubert).[32] When asked why he included himself in the nomination, and what it meant that the voters preferred that no one win the award rather than give one to either Day or a Day-endorsed entry, Day stated "I wanted to leave a big smoking hole where the Hugo Awards were. All this has ever been is a giant Fuck You—one massive gesture of contempt."[33]

Castalia House[edit]

Day is the Lead Editor at Castalia House, a book publishing company, where he has published the novels of such writers as John C. Wright, Tom Kratman, and Rolf Nelson.[34]

In 2014 Castalia House published the novel Victoria: A Novel of 4th Generation War, an American military fiction novel written by William S. Lind.[35] Lind wrote the novel in the 1990s but could not find a publisher at that time.[35] Victoria was published by Castalia House under Lind's pseudonym Thomas Hobbes.[36]

Hugo Award nominations[edit]

Day has been nominated three times for a Hugo Award.

Personal life[edit]

Day speaks English, German and Italian.[39]


Writing for Publishers Weekly, Kimberly Winston has described Day as a "fundamentalist Southern Baptist",[9] but other journalists have made more pointed characterizations, such as Mike VanHelder's assertion in Popular Science that Day's views are "white supremacist."[40] Similarly, an article by Jeet Heer in The New Republic says that Day "has written that women should be deprived of the vote and refers to African Americans as 'half-savages'",[41] referring to Day's own article "Why women's rights are wrong"[42] and his conflict with the SFWA (noted below).

Antipathy towards John Scalzi[edit]

Since 2005, Day has engaged in frequent online criticism of 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 Day mentioned him; after others echoed this pledge, over $50,000 was pledged in under a week.[39]

Conflict with the SFWA[edit]

In June 2013, Day 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"[43] and Teresa Nielsen Hayden as a "fat frog."[44] Day had often made controversial statements prior to this, but in this case he had used the SFWA Twitter feed in a manner contrary to written guidelines. In August, after complaints from members and an investigation initiated by the board of the SFWA, Day posted an excerpt of a letter from the SFWA president on his blog informing him that the organization was formally expelling him for misuse of SFWA assets.[44]


Video games[edit]

Game name First released System name(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 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


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  43. ^ Vox Day (June 13, 2013). "A black female fantasist calls for Reconciliation". Vox Popoli. 
  44. ^ a b "Beale Expelled from SFWA". Locus Online. August 14, 2013. 

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