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Vox Day
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Vox Day
Born Theodore Beale
(1968-08-21) August 21, 1968 (age 48)
Boston, United States
Education Bucknell University
Known for Game designer, writer, editor, songwriter
Parent(s) Robert Beale
Website voxday.blogspot.com

Vox Day (born 21 August 1968) is an American publisher, science fiction writer, philosopher, musician and video game designer. He is a former nationally syndicated columnist with Chronicle Features and Universal Press Syndicate. He is known as the Supreme Dark Lord of the Evil Legion of Evil by his supporters, who describe themselves as Vile Faceless Minions and the Dread Ilk. He is the Lead Editor of Castalia House and the Lead Designer of Infogalactic.

Early life

Theodore Beale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Minnesota. He is the son of entrepreneur Robert Beale[1] and the father of Christopher Beale, the youngest-ever published male author.[2] He is of English, Irish, Mexican, and Native American descent. He attended Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis where he played varsity soccer for the MISSL-champion Indians and ran track-and-field. In 1986, he was the 100-meter and 200-meter dash champion of the Tri-Metro Conference, recording personal bests of 10.82 and 22.40 seconds. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1990,[3] where he studied economics, history, and Japanese, and ran for four East Coast Conference championship-winning track teams. Beale first began to write short stories while he was in college,[4] and began using the name Vox Day as a stage name after founding the band Psykosonik.

Music career

Between 1992 and 1995 Day was a founding member of the electronic band Psykosonik, which recorded four[5] Billboard Top 40 Club Play hits. Day was responsible for composition and lyrics on three of the four: "Silicon Jesus", "Welcome to My Mind", and "Unlearn". Day left the band before "It Has Begun", which was featured on the Mortal Kombat: More Kombat soundtrack, was written or recorded.

In 1987, Day 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. 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.[6] Their first recorded song was the unreleased "Sex Me Up",[7] which was the first song on the three-song demo that led to the band being signed to Wax Trax! and TVT Records.

In 1995, Day and Sebastian founded Power of Seven to make soundtracks for video games.

Video game and writing career

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] Computer Gaming World described Rebel Moon Rising as technologically innovative and "highly creative", and declared that its escort missions broke new ground in 3D shooter mission design.[9] Rebel Moon Rising was the first game to support Intel's MMX technology and over six million copies were bundled with MMX chips sold around the world. It was also the first game to implement speech recognition technology in both single-player and multiplayer action.

Fenris Wolf was developing two games, Rebel Moon Revolution and Traveller for the Sega Dreamcast, when it closed in 1999 after a legal dispute with its retail publisher GT Interactive.[10] 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.[11] Day was an early supporter of Gamergate and hosted the GGinParis meetup in July 2015 with Milo Yiannopoulos and Mike Cernovich.[12]

Day first began writing under the name Vox Day for a weekly video game review column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press,[13] 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.[14] In 2000, Day published his first solo novel, The War in Heaven, the first in a series of fantasy novels with a religious theme; entitled The Eternal Warriors. The novel investigates themes "about good versus evil among angels, fallen and otherwise".[15]

Day served as a member of the Nebula Award Novel Jury in 2004[16] and in 2007.[17] He was a contributor to the Black Gate blog until December 2012.[18]

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

Day currently produces a pair of blogs called Vox Popoli and Alpha Game. Vox Popoli is his primary outlet for commentary and had traffic of 25.8 million pageviews in 2016.[22] He also produces the blog Alpha Game, which focuses on male-female relations and the socio-sexual hierarchy, particularly from a married Christian perspective. Alpha Game had an additional 5.3 million pageviews in 2016.[23]

Technology

Day was an early champion of 3D CAD hardware in video games. As the Transdimensional Evangelist for ARTIST Graphics, he named the 3GA chip and trademarked the term 3D Blaster, but later gave the trademark to Creative Labs.

In 2002, Day created a system to use 3D videogame technology to sell real estate called 3DH. The technology was received well by real estate agents in Minnesota after being the subject of a local news report on KARE 11 by reporter Rick Kupchella, but Day shut down the company after learning that agents were not willing to use it for all their listings, but were only using it to acquire expensive listings they would not have otherwise been able to land.

Day holds the design patent[24] for WarMouse, a computer mouse with 18 buttons, a scroll wheel, a thumb-operated joystick, and 512k of memory.[25]

In 2016, Day designed a system intended to reduce bias by eliminating centralized control of the content on online encyclopedias. With the help of 172 of his readers, he created Infogalactic, where he is the Lead Designer and a member of the Star Council.

Castalia House

In early 2014 Day founded Castalia House, a publishing house based in Kouvola, Finland. He is the Lead Editor and has published the work of writers Jerry Pournelle, John C. Wright, Tom Kratman, Eric S. Raymond, Martin van Creveld, Nick Cole, Peter Grant and William S. Lind.[26][27][28] Castalia House has had 22 Hugo Award Finalists as a result of the Sad Puppies (2014) and Rabid Puppies (2015-2016) campaigns.[29]. Castalia House has also published two Dragon Award winners, one of which, Somewhither by John C. Wright, was edited by Day.

Castalia House is known for regularly publishing bestsellers in a wide range of Amazon categories, including Philosophy, Literary Satire, Military Strategy, Nationalism, and Politics.

Controversies

2015 Hugo Awards

In 2015 Day created 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 Finnish publishing house, Castalia House,[30] where Day acts as lead editor.[31] 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.[32][33][34]

Day was nominated in the Best Editor, Long Form and Best Editor, Short Form categories. No award was given in either category.[35] 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 him, 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."[36]

2016 Hugo Awards

In 2016 Day ran a second annual "Rabid Puppies" campaign, which successfully placed 69 of its 80 recommended nominees on the ballot. Five of the nominations in the Best Dramatic Presentiation, Long Form and Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form categories were disqualified, and two nominees, Best Fanzine finalist Black Gate and Best Short Story finalist Thomas Mays, elected to withdraw their nominations after learning they had been nominated as a result of Rabid Puppies. The success of the second Rabid Puppies campaign caused the Worldcon members responsible for administering the Hugo Awards to vote to change their rules.


Hugo Award nominations

Day has been nominated six times for a Hugo Award.

Personal life

Day is married, was formerly a member of Mensa and was a National Merit Semifinalist. He speaks English, German and Italian.[41]

Philosophical views

Vox Day is known for libertarian and traditional views, and has been described as an "alt-right figurehead".[42] He considers himself to be a political philosopher and a conceptual taxonomist rather than an activist or a member of a political party.

Day describes himself as a nationalist and of the Alt-West branch of the Alt-Right. He favors the Austrian School of economics, although he is a fan of the iconoclastic post-Keynesian economist Steve Keen.

Memes

Day is known for coining terms for several concepts that have been popularly adopted, and for constructing logical and philosophical arguments that are frequently referenced in the media. He did not coin the term cuckservative but popularized it in the bestselling book of that name.

Magic Dirt — the idea that geographical relocation will automatically transform the behavior of an individual or a group of people.

SJWs Always Lie — the idea that social justice warriors are reliably dishonest.

Omniderigence — the idea that God directly dictates every action and every perceived actor in the universe.

Voliscience — the idea that God knows as much as God wants to know. As opposed to omniscience.

Alt-White and Alt-West — the two primary branches of the Alt-Right

Religion does not cause war — the conclusive historical argument first presented on WorldNetDaily,[43] then repeated in more detail in The Irrational Atheist.[44]

Criticism

In 2015, reporter Michael Rapoport described Day in The Wall Street Journal as "the most despised man in science fiction".[45] Jeet Heer of New Republic referred to Day as "noxious", "vile", and wrote that "He makes no pretense to moderation."[46] Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Associate Publisher of Tor Books, said Day "rises all the way to 'downright evil'."[47] Rational Wiki considers him to be "public enemy number one of the entire science fiction community."[48]

Discography

Video games

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

Bibliography

Selected book length works include:

As a contributor:

References

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