Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. 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 R. Craig Enslin) 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. Two months later he started Nth Degree. In 2007, he wrote a chapter on “Writing for Magazines” for Dragon Moon Press’ Writing Fantasy: The Author’s Grimoire.
In addition to Nth Degree, in 2006 Mike (along with Tee Morris and Tony Ruggiero) came up with the crazy idea of hosting a science-fiction convention in Richmond, Virginia. After its tenth year, RavenCon moved to Williamsburg and Mike is still the con chair. 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 (with Warren Buff), and served as Master of Ceremonies for MarsCon. Between Nth Degree and his many convention appearances, Mike has become the East Coast’s go-to guy for interviews. He’s interviewed guests for Balticon, ConCarolinas, ConGregate, MarsCon, Mysticon, RavenCon, and StellarCon. In the last few years Mike has interviewed a wide range of writers, gamers, artists, and actors. Those interviews have included Aaron Alston, Kevin J. Anderson, Elizabeth Bear, Jennie Breeden, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher, Orson Scott Card, Nicki Clyne, David B. Coe, Glen Cook, Larry Correia, Peter David, Peter Davison, Larry Dixon, Sherilyn Fenn, Phil & Kaja Foglio, Charles E. Gannon, Joe Haldeman, Richard Hatch, Jim Hines, D.B. Jackson, Albin Johnson, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alethea Kontis, Katherine Kurtz, Ellen Kushner, Mercedes Lackey, Sharon Lee, Jane Lindskold, George R.R. Martin, Todd McCaffrey, Steve Miller, Rebecca Moesta, Jody Lynn Nye, Tamora Pierce, Mark Poole, John Ringo, Kim Stanley Robinson, Carrie Ryan, Delia Sherman, Michael Stackpole, Allen Steele, Bruce Sterling, S.M. Stirling, Tony Todd, Lani Tupu, John Varley, David Weber, Chuck Wendig, Connie Willis, Janny Wurts, Timothy Zahn, and too many more to list.
In 2017, Mike was honored with the Rebel Award for his contributions to Southern Fandom.
Yes, Mike is an insanely busy person; if you see him at a convention please feed him lots of caffeine and/or beer.
When not engaged in geekish pursuits, Mike is an under-employed graphic designer and lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Rob Balder is a professional cartoonist, singer/songwriter, game designer, and web entrepreneur.
He writes and sings comedy songs, and has recorded two CDs. The title track from Rob’s first CD, “Rich Fantasy Lives” was co-written with Filk Hall of Famer Tom Smith. It won the Pegasus award for Best Filk Song of 2007. In 2006, he and six other comedy music performers founded The Funny Music Project, where they present new songs every day, released under a Creative Commons license. The FuMP won the 2009 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast.
Rob is also the creator of the clip-art comic strip PartiallyClips. A book collection of the strip, Suffering for my Clip Art: the Best of PartiallyClips, volume 1 was published in 2005.
He writes science fiction and fantasy, including one unpublished novel and many short stories and poems.
Rob also teamed up with Pete Abrams of Sluggy Freelance to create Get Nifty, a stand-alone card game. Get Nifty debuted in stores in 2006, through Blood & Cardstock Games.
His current major project is a full-color fantasy webcomic called Erfworld, co-created with illustrator Jamie Noguchi. Time magazine named Erfworld one of the Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2007.
J. Andrew World’s artwork has been appearing in Nth Degree since Issue #2, June 2002. At some vague indeterminate point between 2002 and now he was named Staff Artist. He’s also been know to write a convention review here and there.
When Nth Degree went on hiatus J. Andrew didn’t know what to do with all of his free time. So he went crazy. He now has two children, has begun work on a personal comic project called “The Seen,” and has produced artwork for various science fiction conventions such as RavenCon, Capclave, and the 2010 NASFiC in Raleigh, ReConStruction. J. Andrew has even created album covers for The FuMP (The Funny Music Project). If that wasn’t enough, he has gone back to school full time to earn a Masters degree in Art Education. He also writes and draws Right About Now, a politically themed web comic. Now with Nth Degree back on a regular schedule, J. Andrew has given up sleep to work on his art in the hopes that he can actually see his wife and kids from time to time. He is still frequently overshadowed by his wardrobe.