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Vox Day
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Vox Day
Born Theodore Beale
(1968-08-21) August 21, 1968 (age 47)
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

Theodore Robert Beale (21 August 1968), better known as Vox Day, is an American publisher, activist, science fiction writer, journalist, musician, and video game designer.

Early life[edit]

Vox Day grew up in Minnesota, the son of Rebecca Beale and 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] where he studied economics, history and Japanese language. Day first began to write short stories while he was in college.[4]

Music career[edit]

In 1987, Day, still using his birth name, was playing in a cover band called NoBoys. He met Smilehouse lead singer Paul Sebastian at The Underground in Minneapolis and the two men put together a band with Day on keyboards and Sebastian on guitar and vocals. They found a drummer, Michael Larson, and a production engineer, Daniel Lenz. The band Psykosonik began recording electronic music at Sebastian's apartment where he had a recording studio and performed in Minneapolis clubs such as First Avenue, 7th Street Entry, and Glam Slam.

Their first recorded song was the unreleased "Sex Me Up",[5] which led to the band being signed to Wax Trax! and TVT Records. Between 1992 and 1994 Day was a member of Psykosonik, which recorded four Billboard Top 40 club play hits. These were "Silicon Jesus" in September 1993, "Welcome to My Mind" in February 1994, as well as "It Has Begun" and "Unlearn".[6] Day appeared in the band's video for "Welcome to my Mind".[7]

Video game and writing career[edit]

Day and Andrew Lunstad founded a video game company in 1993 named Fenris Wolf. They developed the game Rebel Moon in 1995, and its sequel Rebel Moon Rising in 1997.[8] 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 Software.[9] 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.[10] Day holds the design patent[11] for WarMouse, a computer mouse with 18 buttons, a scroll wheel, a thumb-operated joystick, and 512k of memory.[12] Day was an early supporter of Gamergate and hosted the GGinParis meetup in July 2015 with Milo Yiannopoulos and Mike Cernovich.[13]

Day first began writing under the name Vox Day for a weekly video game review column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press,[14] and later continued to use the pen name for a weekly WorldNetDaily opinion column. His columns have been nationally syndicated three times, once by Chronicle Features and twice by Universal Press Syndicate.[15] In 2000, Day published his first solo novel, The War in Heaven, the first in a series of fantasy novels with a religious theme; titled The Eternal Warriors. The novel investigates themes "about good versus evil among angels, fallen and otherwise".[16]

Day served as a member of the Nebula Award Novel Jury in 2004[17] and in 2007.[18] He was a contributor to the Black Gate blog until December 2012.[19]

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.[20] The book was named a 2007 Christmas recommendation by John Derbyshire in the online conservative magazine, National Review Online.[21] Day's 2008 book, Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy, was nominated for an American Christian Fiction Writers award in 2009.[22]

In 2015 Day released a book about activists online concerned with social justice, commonly referred to disparagingly as "social justice warriors", in a book titled SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police, which was billed as a "guide to understanding, anticipating, and surviving SJW attacks." The book was positively reviewed by the conservative online magazine American Thinker.[23]

Day currently publishes a blog called Vox Popoli, which roughly translates as "voice of the people" after the aphorism Vox populi, vox dei. This blog is his primary outlet for commentary and accumulated 16.2 million page views in 2015.[24] He also publishes the blog Alpha Game, which had 4.6 million pageviews that year.[25]

Castalia House publishing[edit]

In early 2014 Day founded Castalia House publishing in Kouvola, Finland. He acts as lead editor and has published the work of such writers as Jerry Pournelle, John C. Wright, Tom Kratman, Eric S. Raymond, Martin van Creveld, Rolf Nelson, and William S. Lind.[26][27][28] Castalia House has been nominated for 12 Hugo Awards[29] as a direct result of the Sad and Rabid Puppies ballot-manipulation program;[citation needed] all Castalia publications have been ranked below "No Award" by Hugo voters.

Controversies[edit]

Feud with John Scalzi[edit]

Since 2005 Day has engaged in an exchange of online criticism with science fiction writer John Scalzi. According to Day, this resulted from Scalzi's response to a Day article blaming the lack of woman hard SF writers on the lack of STEM courses and the popularity of Women's Studies amongst women.[30][31] 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.[30]

Expulsion from the SFWA[edit]

In 2013 Day ran unsuccessfully against Steven Gould to succeed John Scalzi as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). African American writer N. K. Jemisin, during her delivery of the Guest of Honour speech at 2013 Continuum in Australia, complained that 10% of the SFWA membership voted for Day in his bid for the SFWA presidential position and called him "a self-described misogynist, racist, anti-Semite, and a few other flavors of asshole". Day responded by denying her accusation and calling her "an educated, but ignorant half-savage, with little more understanding of what it took to build a new literature by 'a bunch of beardy old middle-class middle-American guys' than an illiterate Igbotu tribesman has of how to build a jet engine...."[32] In the resulting interactions, he also called writer and editor Teresa Nielsen Hayden a "fat frog".[33]

A link to Day's comments about Jemisin was tweeted on the SFWA @SFWAAuthors Twitter feed. Day had previously made controversial remarks, but in this case he was investigated by the SFWA Board, who subsequently voted to expel him from the organization over his use of the promotional SFWA Twitter feed in a manner that allegedly violated organization guidelines.[34] Day posted a scan of the letter notifying him of the decision on his website. He later maintained that the expulsion was invalid because a vote by the entire membership was required and never took place.[35]

In 2015, the Wall Street Journal described Day as "the most despised man in science fiction".[36]

2014 Hugo Awards[edit]

In 2014 Day's novelette, "Opera Vita Aeterna", was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette[37] as part of Larry Correia's Sad Puppies campaign to influence the Hugo ballot. Correia later said 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."[38]

The Hugo voters ranked "Opera" sixth out of five nominees, behind "No Award."[39][40][41][42]

2015 Hugo Awards[edit]

In 2015 Day implemented a slate of candidates for the Hugo Awards called "Rabid Puppies", which successfully placed 58 of its 67 recommended nominees on the ballot. Two of the nominations were for Day himself, and eleven were for works published by his small Finnish publisher Castalia House,[43] where Day acts as lead editor.[44] 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.[45][46][47]

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).[48] 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."[49]

2016 Hugo Awards[edit]

In 2016 Day, in collaboration with others, again implemented a slate of nominees for the Hugo Award, including all nominees in the Best Short Story category.[50] Day successfully promoted himself in the category Best Editor, Long Form, the Castalia House Blog edited by Jeffro Johnson in the category Best Fanzine, and his own non-fiction release SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day (Castalia House) in the category Best Related Work. Other Vox Day recommendations of note which became Hugo Award finalists included Chuck Tingle's short story Space Raptor Butt Invasion."[51]

Hugo Award nominations[edit]

Day has been shortlisted five times for a Hugo Award.

Personal life[edit]

Day is married and has a son.[55] He says he is a member of Mensa.[56] He speaks English, Japanese, French, German and Italian.[57]

Political views[edit]

Day describes himself as a Christian nationalist.[58] Milo Yiannopoulos, writing for the right-wing conservative network Breitbart, called Vox Day an "alt-right figurehead".[59] Writing for Publishers Weekly, Kimberly Winston described Day as a "fundamentalist Southern Baptist",[16] but other journalists have made more pointed characterizations, such as Mike VanHelder's assertion in Popular Science that Day's views are "white supremacist."[60] Similarly, an article by Jeet Heer in The New Republic says that Day "has written that women should be deprived of the vote",[61] an interpretation of comments in Day's article "Why Women's Rights are Wrong."[62]

Day engages in social/political debates in the media as an alt-right representative. On 14 May 2016 he debated Louise Mensch of Heat Street on conservative feminism.[63] In May 2016, he engaged in a two-part debate with Louise Mensch on anti-Semitism.[64] On Friday, 17 June 2016 he debated Free Trade with Austrian School economist Robert P. Murphy.[65]

Discography[edit]

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[66] Planned 2000 Sega Dreamcast Game designer
Hot Dish 2007 Windows Game designer

Bibliography[edit]

Selected book length works include:

As a contributor:

  • Cuckservative: How "Conservatives" Betrayed America (2015), John Red Eagle, ASIN B018ZHHA52
  • Quantum Mortis: A Mind Programmed (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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