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RadCon lineup gives Trekkies reason to beam up this year

Carlos Pedraza says he stumbled into his status as a science fiction celebrity about a decade ago when he discovered a fan-produced series on the internet called Star Trek: Hidden Frontier.

"As a lifelong Star Trek fan, I submitted a story idea to the producers that was accepted for production," Pedraza said in an e-mail this week. "That led to a couple more screenplays and then to becoming the staff writer for three seasons and one of the producers."

That also led to a stint as one of the writers and producers of the more lavishly produced internet series Star Trek: Phase II, he said.

Pedraza now has his own production company, Blue Seraph Productions based in Los Angeles, although he lives in Seattle. He also finds time to write and produce segments for Runic Films in L.A, which has several new web series in development.

Pedraza is one of the featured guests at this year's RadCon Convention, set to open at noon Feb. 12 and continuing through Feb. 14 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco. Admission is $35 for all three days.

Pedraza has drifted through an eclectic mix of careers since he graduated from the University of Montana. He worked as a newspaper reporter for the Tri-City Herald, as deputy press secretary for former Washington governor Booth Gardner, as a teacher and as a consultant and trainer for nonprofit organizations.

He believes he's found his niche in sci-fi digital filmmaking technology.

"For me, this has been an exciting career transition, relying on digital technology, but at the same time appreciating that no technology can replace the value of solid writing and a commitment to good storytelling," he said.

Other featured guests appearing at RadCon include Rick Sternbach, who was the main production designer for the TV series Star Trek The Next Generation, and Larry Niven, one of the sci-fi world's popular science authors.

A full guest list for the convention is at www.radcon.org.

The RadCon Convention is a 24-hour event that will have gaming, workshops, lectures, a masquerade event, dances, storytelling, children's programming events and a concert by Seattle fiddler Alexander James Adams, who blends mythical, fantasy and traditional music.

The three-day event closes at 5 p.m. Feb. 15.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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