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first person Chris Gerrib Space opera on the red planet IT officer devises out-of-this-world ideas etary containership Charles S. Price, approaching Mars. Hostages have been taken. But the Price is now dead in space because an officer cut power to foil the pirates. A mystery cargo aboard may be lost, which will not please the pirate’s equally mysterious private backers. The pirate chief—“Chuckles”—sends a mayday to Space Rescue Service for “assistance.” But rescue astronauts fight back when the pirates attempt to commandeer their craft. Pirates and good guys begin dying in the cold of space … Do the good guys win? You’ll have to read Chris Gerrib’s Pirates of Mars. Published last year, Pirates is the Chicago-area banker’s first commercially published science fiction novel. The story takes place in 2074. Mars has not only been colonized, Our mock-up of Pirates of Mars author Chris Gerrib on Mars fulfills—virtually— in Gerrib’s vision, but actually his childhood wish. His website, www.privatemarsrocket.net, tells more and become a cross between lower-midoffers three free chapters. (The book contains some military-level profanity.) dle-class ’burbs and an industrial park. Being an astronaut carries no glamour—less Right Stuff, more grungy. money. The book’s sequel—The Gerrib, senior vice-president, technology, at $1.3 billion-assets Republic Night Watch—is with the publisher, Bank, Oak Brook, Ill., began reading the greats of science fiction—Robert and Gerrib continues to work on an Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke—as a boy. He started a few sci-fi entirely new concept for book four. short stories then, but didn’t complete them. Years later, after serving as a “For me writing is a labor of love,” damage-control officer aboard the guided-missile frigate U.S.S. Jack Wilsays Gerrib, “but I don’t want to just liams, he obtained an MBA and eventually found himself in bank technology. write and put it under a bushel basAlong the way, he was always reading science fiction. He came across ket. I have stories I want to tell and some winners of a famous sci-fi writing contest. “I can write better than things I want to say.” He notes that this!” he thought, and entered the next competition. (He didn’t win.) his undergraduate degree in history Undaunted, he kept at it and in 2001, after a nearly endless cycle of reviaids his work. “They say that history sions (his own), produced what he calls his “practice novel,” The Mars Run. is the raw material for science ficThis first book, self-published in 2006, received some praise in the fan comtion.” History is about people, and munity. Gerrib had learned much from the project and grew more serious the best science fiction ultimately is about writing. Today he has committed to producing daily output—not about people. “Without people,” he counting his personal blog. says, “nobody cares.” Pirates was professionally published by Hadley Rille Books, a small special—Steve Cocheo, executive editor & ty house named after the Apollo 15 landing site, and Gerrib has made some digital content manager 52 | ABA BANKING JOURNAL | February 2013 illustration by emily CoCheo. photos Courtesy nasa/Jpl-CalteCh/msss Pirates have seized the interplan- http://www.privatemarsrocket.net

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - February 2013

ABA Banking Journal - February 2013
Contents
Chairman’s View
Editor’s Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
Picture This
“I’m not just a banker anymore”
Pass the Aspirin
Tech Topics
High-energy banker—a tale of four cities
What’s in it for the customer?
Wealth management goes holistic
Compliance Inbox
ABA At Your Service
Legal Issues
First Person

ABA Banking Journal - February 2013

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