Short Bio

Chris Gerrib admits to being a bit obsessed with Mars, but in a healthy way.  Chris still has a day job as the IT director at a Chicago-area bank, and holds degrees in history and business from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University.  He also served in the US Navy during the First Gulf War, and can proudly report that not one Iraqi MiG bombed Jacksonville, Florida while he was in the service.  In his copious free time, Chris is a past President of and currently active in his local Rotary club.  His three-novel series set on Mars, The Pirate Cycle, is being reissued by Cincinnatus Press.


Longer And Less Stuffy Bio

Me, getting ready to lead the “Mighty Space Fleets of War” panel at Capricon.

I’m a geek.  I always have been, starting from when I’d pedal my bike down to the library in my small Illinois town to read and re-read all the science fiction and space books they had.  (The town?  Westville, Illinois, population 3,000.)  This was pre-Internet, and my town was too small to have much of a gamer community, so that path to geekdom was closed, but books, they were open.

I remember getting my dad (who hated going to movies*) to haul me to the original Star Wars back in 1977.  I was in awe.  It beat the hell out of Logan’s Run, which I had only seen in the TV version, and Doctor Who, which I found too strange.  (It didn’t help that my local PBS station broadcast Doctor Who at weird and constantly changing times.)

Like many in my small town, I joined the military as a way to fund college and get out of Dodge.  (Our high school guidance counselor literally covered a wall of his office with recruitment certificates from the military.)  The Navy sent me to a guided missile frigate in Florida, and after that I went back to school, got an MBA, and moved to Chicago.

Writing seriously started to happen in 2001.  The Chicago Tribune had a columnist, Eric Zorn, who had a “Someday is Now (SIN)” club.  The idea was that thing you were going to do “someday?”  Well, do it now.  (Eric’s someday was to run a marathon.)  I had threatened to write a book someday, so I did.  The book became The Mars Run after many a re-write.  Yep, my first novel got published.  Don’t worry, there are three follow-up novels on my hard drive that will never see the light of day.

So that’s me.  If you like what you’ve read so far, please buy my books!


*my dad worked as a projectionist through high school in his grandfather’s theater.  Going to the movies was for him like work.