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Michael D. Pederson

Way back in 2004, Mike came up with the crazy idea of hosting a convention in Richmond, VA. Hes been chairing RavenCon ever since.

In addition to running RavenCon, Mike Pederson was the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for the fanzine Nth Degree (2002-2019). Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist Robert Quill) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the Best in Class – Master Division” winning presentation (Pre-Emptive Strike) at the Millennium Philcon Masquerade. Three months later he started Nth Degree. In 2007, he wrote a chapter on Writing for Magazines” for Dragon Moon PressWriting Fantasy: The Authors Grimoire. During the pandemic, he edited and published CORVID-19: A RavenCon Anthology and is working on CORVID-19: The Second Wave.

Other than RavenCon, Mike has also run programming for Trinoc*coN, been Fan Guest of Honor for ConCarolinas and Mysticon, co-chaired a successful NASFiC bid, headed the Brainstorming team for DisCon 3, and served as Master of Ceremonies for MarsCon. Between Nth Degree and his many convention appearances, Mike has become the East Coasts go-to guy for interviews. Hes interviewed guests for Balticon, ConCarolinas, ConGregate, ConVivial, MarsCon, Mysticon, RavenCon, and StellarCon. Over the last several years, Mike has interviewed a wide range of writers, gamers, artists, and actors.

In 2017, Mike was honored with the Rebel Award for his contributions to Southern Fandom.

Yes, Mike is insanely busy; if you see him around the con please feed him lots of caffeine and/or beer.