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Gary Cuba

Another Day at the Collider, fiction, March 1, 2010

Gary Cuba lives with his wife and a teeming horde of dogs and cats in a rural area not far from the Congaree National Swamp in South Carolina.  His fiction has appeared in Jim Baen's Universe, Abyss & Apex, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Fictitious Force, Allegory, and many other genre and mainstream publications. He has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Get to know Gary... 

Birthdate? St. Patty's Day, 1947

When did you start writing? 2006

When and what and where did you first get published? I sold my first story, a quirky little "pet ghost" tale, to The Late Late Show, a now-defunct online market that was edited by Chris Fletcher. That venue presented both audio and text versions of their fiction, and produced some great artwork to go along with the stories. As I recall, that was in January 2007. In that same month, I made my second sale to Jim Baen's Universe, my only pro sale to this point. Obviously, that one must have been a fluke! It sort of spoiled me.

Why do you write? It's cheap entertainment, it's not too strenous, and it keeps my brain active during my retirement years. I do mainly it for the challenge it presents--a formidable one, to be sure. Bottom line, for me it's a hobby. I'm not extremely prolific; I manage about a story per month, normally.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I grew up on spec fic, been reading it for more than 50 years now. I always come back to it. It represents about 2/3 of what I write, the balance being mainstream and a teensy bit of horror on the odd occasion.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Vonnegut, Eco, DeLillo come to mind. I remember being particularly captivated by Wilson and Shea's Illuminati trilogy back in the 70's; a little bit of that has hung with me to this day. (For example, I can still see the "fnords.") Insofar as modern SF/F writers, I can't say that I'm very enamored of any of them. Way too hit or miss for my taste. Especially what ends up in the "Best of" anthologies.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? I honestly don't "consciously" attempt to say anything at all. Nevertheless, I've always liked the theme of ordinary people being caught up in extroardinary circumstances, and I enjoy exploring how they would react. I do believe there is a lot more strength and intelligence inside us than we credit ourselves as having. In a nutshell, I simply try to write the kind of stuff that I'd like to read.

Do you blog? Where? Naw, not for me. I've already said everything I wanted to say about myself on my website,, five or more years ago.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? "I gotta say, I've felt better..."

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