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Interview: Theodore Beale

Theodore Beale is the author of The War in Heaven and The World in Shadow, and co-author (writing as Vox Day) of Rebel Moon. Theo was interviewed in February, 2004. Greg Slade asked the questions, and here is an edited version of the question and answer sequence. You can learn more about Theo on his web site at www.eternalwarriors.com.

GS: Where were you born?

I grew up in Minnesota.

GS: Where did you go to school?

I went to an elite university on the East Coast.

GS: What did you take in school, and why?

I studied economics, history and Japanese. I was thinking about moving to Japan and going into investment banking, but the crash of '87 and a semester spent in Tokyo cured me of that idea.

GS: What is your marital status?

I prefer not to discuss my family.

GS: How did you get started writing?

I read a great deal as a young boy and started writing short stories in college. My first attempt at a novel was a ripoff of Joel Rosenberg's Guardians of the Flame series, but based on a popular science fiction role-playing game instead of the D&D on which Rosenberg's books were based.

GS: What books have you had published? (not restricting yourself to SF titles)

The War in Heaven and The World in Shadow. I'm very close to wrapping up The Wrath of Angels.

GS: Of your books, which one is your favourite? (including works in progress)

The World in Shadow was a very personal book for me. I was heading down a completely different path altogether when Columbine took place. The apocryphal Rachel Scott story got me thinking about the spiritual aspects of the tragedy, and about what responsibility we face as Christians in our day-to-day lives in interacting with those around us. We all have an opportunity to make a difference, usually far more often than we'd ever think possible. It is a dark book, but it contains a ray of hope in it as well. The light always shines in the darkness, even when you can't see it, you know it's there somewhere.

GS: Who are your influences as a writer, and why?

I admire the intellectualism of Umberto Eco, the tangible realism of Neal Stephenson and the warm humanity of Hermann Hesse. My writing does not even begin to approach their level at this point, but it is my dream that one day it will.

GS: What was the first exposure you can remember having to SF as a genre?

I'm certain it was Star Wars. It was in the theatres so long that we saw it for my birthday, my best friend's birthday three months later, my subsequent birthday and his subsequent birthday. I think our parents were relieved when it finally played out.

GS: What is your personal all-time favourite SF work, and why?

It sounds rather cliched now, thanks to the success of the movies, but certainly The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's success in creating a believable world, deep and interesting characters and a profound spiritual analogy sets the bar almost impossibly high for those of us who are only pale imitators, in our own poor fashion, of his masterwork.

GS: Is there a web site devoted to your works?

www.eternalwarriors.com


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