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Vox Day
Vox Day by Tracy White promo pic.jpg
Vox Day 2007 promotional photo
Born
Theodore Beale

(1968-08-21) August 21, 1968 (age 50)
EducationBucknell University
Known forWriter, computer game designer, publisher, musician
Parent(s)Rebecca Beale[1]
Robert Beale[1]
Websitevoxday.blogspot.com

Theodore Robert Beale (born August 21, 1968), professionally known as Vox Day, is an American writer, editor, video game designer, blogger and alt-right activist.

Early life and music career[edit]

Beale grew up in Minnesota, the son of Rebecca and Robert Beale.[1] He states on his blog that he is of English, Irish, Mexican, and Native American descent.[2] He graduated from Bucknell University in 1990.[3]

Beale was a member of the band Psykosonik between 1992 and 1994,[4][5] and he appeared in the band's video for "Welcome to my Mind".[6] Psykosonik also operated a music company called Power of Seven that provided music for video games by Raven and Bungie.[7][8]

Video game and writing career[edit]

Beale 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] Beale holds the design patent for WarMouse (known as the OpenOffice Mouse until Sun Microsystems objected on trademark grounds[12]), a computer mouse with 18 buttons, a scroll wheel, a thumb-operated joystick, and 512k of memory.[13][14][15] Beale was an early supporter of Gamergate and hosted the GGinParis meetup in July 2015 with Milo Yiannopoulos and Mike Cernovich.[16]

Beale first began writing under the name Vox Day for a weekly video game review column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press,[17] and later continued to use the pen name for a weekly WorldNetDaily opinion column. In 2000, Beale 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".[18]

Beale served as a member of the Nebula Award Novel Jury in 2004[19] and in 2007.[20]

In 2008 Beale published The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens,[3] 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.[21] The book was named a 2007 Christmas recommendation by John Derbyshire in the online conservative magazine National Review Online.[22] Beale's 2008 book, Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy, was a finalist for an American Christian Fiction Writers award in 2009.[23]

In 2015 Beale released SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police, a book about activists online concerned with social justice, referred to disparagingly as "social justice warriors", 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.[24]

In 2016 Beale created an alternative online encyclopedia project called Infogalactic.com from a mirror site of Wikipedia's content.[25]

Publishing[edit]

In early 2014, Beale founded Castalia House publishing in Kouvola, Finland. He is lead editor and has published the work of such writers as John C. Wright, Jerry Pournelle, Tom Kratman, Eric S. Raymond, Martin van Creveld, Rolf Nelson, and William S. Lind.[26][27][28]

In 2016 Castalia House works had two wins at the Dragon Awards:[29][30]

  • Best Science Fiction Novel: Somewhither, by John C. Wright
  • Best Apocalyptic Novel: Ctrl-Alt-Revolt! by Nick Cole

In September 2018, Beale announced the founding of Comicsgate Comics, a "100% SJW-free" comic book publishing imprint.[31][32] The imprint was released shortly after.

Controversies[edit]

Expulsion from the SFWA[edit]

In 2013 Beale 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, stated that 10% of the SFWA membership voted for Beale 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".[33] Beale responded by calling Jemisin an "ignorant half-savage".[33] In the resulting interactions, Beale also called writer and editor Teresa Nielsen Hayden a "fat frog".[34]

Beale tweeted a link to his comments about Jemisin on the SFWA's official @SFWAAuthors Twitter feed. The SFWA Board subsequently voted to expel him from the organization.[34] In 2015, the Wall Street Journal described Beale as "the most despised man in science fiction".[35]

Rabid Puppies and Hugo Awards Controversy[edit]

2015 Rabid Puppies Campaign[edit]

Based on Larry Correia's 2014 "Sad Puppies" ballot-manipulation campaign, in 2015 Beale implemented a slate of candidates for the Hugo Awards called "Rabid Puppies", announcing a slate of candidates one day after the announcement of the Sad Puppies recommendation, instructing his followers to nominate the slate "precisely as they are."[36] The Rabid Puppies slate successfully placed 58 of its 67 recommended nominees on the ballot. Two of the nominations were for Beale himself, and eleven were for works published by his small Finnish publisher Castalia House,[37] where Beale acts as lead editor.[36] 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 Beale as being among their reasons for doing so.[38][39][40] Withdrawals from the Best Novel category allowed space for Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem to move into a finalist position,[41][42] and it went on to win the Best Novel Award.[43] Although the winning novel was one of the few nominees not on the Rabid Puppies slate, some sources credited the win to Beale's backing of the novel.[44]

Beale was nominated as a finalist in the categories Best Editor, Long Form and Best Editor, Short Form. 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 Beale or a Beale-endorsed entry, Beale 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."[45]

2016 Rabid Puppies Campaign[edit]

In 2016 Beale continued the Rabid Puppies campaign, posting a slate of finalists for the Hugo Award, including all finalists in the Best Short Story category.[46] Beale included himself on the slate of candidates, and was nominated 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, published by Castalia House, in the category Best Related Work.

Other Rabid Puppy recommendations of note which became Hugo Award finalists included Chuck Tingle's short story "Space Raptor Butt Invasion" and Hao Jingfang's "Folding Beijing," which went on to win in the Best Novelette category.[47] All nominated works associated with Castalia House ranked below No Award.[48]

Feud with Ethan Van Sciver[edit]

Beale was rebuffed by artist Ethan Van Sciver after attempting to enlist him to draw for Alt-Hero,[1] and disparaged the artist as a "moderate" on his blog, touching off a round of video commentary in January 2018, during which Van Sciver also negatively reviewed the Beale-written comic Quantum Mortis.[2][3][4][5] The two had an amicable video chat, however.[6]

In the first week of September 2018, Beale and Van Sciver criticized each other in public YouTube videos (Beale: [7][8][9][10], Van Sciver: [11][12][13]). Beale announced an intention to create a "ComicsGate Comics" imprint, which was received positively by some,[49] but which Van Sciver and many of his followers objected to.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23] Beale withdrew the plan two days later.[50]

Hugo Award nominations[edit]

Beale has been a finalist six times for a Hugo Award, beginning in 2014 (as a result of Larry Correia's "Sad Puppies" campaign), when his novelette "Opera Vita Aeterna" was a finalist for the best novelette.[51][52] The Hugo voters ranked "Opera" sixth out of five nominees, behind No Award.[53][54][55]

The list of his nominations is:

in all cases, his nominations have been ranked below "No Award" in the final vote.[53][62][48] In response to the 2015 voting Beale 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."[63]

Personal life[edit]

Beale allegedly has a several children.[64] As of 2015 he lived in Northern Italy.[65]

Political views[edit]

Beale describes himself as a Christian nationalist.[66] He has been described as a prominent member of the alt-right movement by several outlets, such as Breitbart, Vox, Wired,[25] and Business Insider.[67] Writing for Publishers Weekly, Kimberly Winston described Beale as a "fundamentalist Southern Baptist",[18] but other journalists have made more pointed characterizations, such as Mike VanHelder's assertion in Popular Science that Beale's views are "white supremacist."[68]

White supremacy[edit]

Day has been supportive of the white supremacist Fourteen Words slogan,[69] promoting it in his Sixteen points of the Alt-Right,[70][71] which placed the sentence "we must secure the existence of white people and a future for white children" as the fourteenth point.[72]

Concerning the notion of white supremacy, Day has said, "white supremacy simply isn't true. Whites are not superior, but whites are the only tribe willing and able to maintain Western civilization because they are the only tribe that truly values it. The answer for those who support Western civilization, regardless of sex, color, or religion, is to embrace white tribalism, white separatism, and especially white Christian masculine rule."[73]

Women's rights[edit]

Day is largely against women's rights. The New Republic reported that Day "has written that women should be deprived of the vote",[74] an interpretation of comments in Beale's article "Why Women's Rights are Wrong." In Beale's post "In which we are called out", he argued that "women's suffrage has been a complete and unmitigated disaster across the West and it is doubtful that any society can survive it for long."[75] On the other hand, Day later said in 2016: "And that is why I am an advocate of direct democracy with full female suffrage: it is both possible as well as an improvement on a system that is clearly incompatible with societal survival and Western civilization."[76]

Discography[edit]

  • Psykosonik (1993)
  • Silicon Jesus (1993)
  • Welcome to My Mind (1993)
  • Details Magazine Music Matters Volume 4 (1992)

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[77] 1997 DOS Game designer, co-producer
Rebel Moon Revolution (cancelled) Planned 1999 Windows Game designer, co-producer
The War in Heaven 1999 Windows Game designer
RPG Traveller (cancelled[77][78]) (Planned 2000) Sega Dreamcast Game designer
Hot Dish[79] 2007 Windows (co-) game designer

Bibliography[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • A Sea of Skulls (2017)
  • 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
  • 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 (as Theodore Beale)
  • The World in Shadow (2002) ISBN 978-0-671-02454-3 (as Theodore Beale)
  • The War in Heaven (2000) ISBN 978-0-7434-5344-8 (as Theodore Beale)

Nonfiction[edit]

As contributor[edit]

  • 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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