When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right.
Eugene V. Debs
As most of you know by now, John Scalzi is stepping down as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at the end of his term, which concludes on June 30. On July 1, the organization will have a new president. Theodore Beale and Steven Gould have both announced that that they are running for the position. Steven Gould’s announcement made John Scalzi “happy” and he “fully and unreservedly” endorsed him for President of the SFWA. This has been the extent of Steven Gould’s “campaign” for the SFWA Presidency. If you’re Steven Gould, the strategy is simple: post a vague platform by the deadline, receive an endorsement from the outgoing president and then . . . say or do nothing else. Then what? Anticipate a landslide victory? We think not. We think that this will be the most heavily voted election in the SFWA’s history.
Gould’s lack of campaigning raises many questions. His laid-back campaign (i.e. say or do nothing else ) and lack of proactively should serve as a warning; more of the same? Gould appears to be the proverbial yes-man.
Scalzi, who has had an ongoing feud with Beale, posted an endorsement for Gould that is transparent and lacks credibility. Beale, by contrast, has been very proactive and continues to campaign for the position. This is the perfect time for a shake up within the SFWA and Writer Beware™. It is readily apparent that change within the SFWA and Writer Beware™ is both timely and necessary. Change would bring about more responsible reporting of literary scams and move Writer Beware™ back into a credible and worthwhile resource for the publishing industry; something that it has lacked for a long time.
Public criticism of the internal processes and workings of the SFWA (and Writer Beware™) are vital to this election process. It is rare for those within the SFWA to be so openly critical. Nevertheless, it should prove to be quite entertaining to monitor. Considering that Scalzi was voted in on only 11% of the members votes, hopefully this will result in a higher voter turnout.
A Woman’s View of “Vox Day”
Aha! you say. You’re one of those virulent feminists who hates Vox Day! I’m not, to be honest. …. I … discovered … how very coldly logical he was, and in a way that most people couldn’t follow. This led me to believe that Vox Day is a master . . . who directs the dichotomous thinking of others . . . most people, I’ve found, are black and white thinkers, even if they boast high intelligence…. He also approaches fantasy in the way I prefer it–as a scholar… his historical perspective is very well done…. At the end of the day, what one needs to bring heart to one’s parched modernity is a warrior scholar.[Emphasis added.]
Theodore Beale, while being the first to throw his hat in the ring, clearly is the underdog and “minority” in this election, He was born during 1968, is an American writer, sometimes using the pseudonym Vox Day. He has also designed computer games and been a musician.
Beale graduated from Bucknell University in 1990. Between 1992 and 1994 he was a member of the electronic band Psykosonik, which recorded two Billboard Top 40 club play hits. 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. 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. 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.
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”. The third in the series was published in 2006. Beale is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and was a member of the Nebula Award Novel Jury in 2007. He is a contributor to the Black Gate blog, and under his pseudonym Vox Day, he wrote a weekly video game review column and other features for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He presently uses the pen name for a conservative blog and a weekly opinion column at World Net Daily (where his father was formerly a board member) and in the past was nationally syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate.
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. The book was named a 2007 Christmas recommendation by the conservative magazine, National Review. Beale’s 2008 book, Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy, was nominated for an American Christian Fiction Writers award in 2009.
Beale holds the design patent for WarMouse, a computer mouse with 18 buttons, a scroll wheel, a thumb-operated joystick, and 512k of memory.
Beale speaks German and Italian. He has three children.
Theodore Beale’s Books as sole author:
A Throne of Bones (2012) ISBN 978-1-935929-82-6
A Magic Broken (2012) ISBN 978-1-935929-79-6
The Return of the Great Depression (2009) ISBN 978-1-935071-18-1
The Irrational Atheist (2008) ISBN 978-1-933771-36-6
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
The World in Shadow (2002) ISBN 978-0-671-02454-3
The War in Heaven (2000) ISBN 978-0-7434-5344-8
We are confident that Theodore Beale will put the needs of the organization first — and do the work so that the organization’s needs are addressed.
Theodore Beale is an agent of change, but this is not why we are endorsing him. We’re endorsing him because we have reviewed John Scalzi’s term as President (here, here, here and here) and we know the set of skills that one needs to succeed in the position. Simply put, Theodore Beale has them. He is the right person for the job. He has our vote, and if you are SFWA member, we hope that you will give him your vote as well. Beale is the “warrior scholar” . . . give him your vote!
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Psykosonik. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 17, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psykosonik
Rebel Moon Rising. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 17, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebel_Moon_Rising
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Theodore Beale Still Looking “Presidential”: How Not to be SFWA President II | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/theodore-beale-still-looking-presidential-how-not-to-be-sfwa-president-ii/
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