Andrew Paul Grell Christian Goldbach and His Conjectures GOG V.2

Christian Goldbach and His Conjectures by Andrew Paul Grell

There’s nothing like an unsolvable conundrum to make an academic hop out of bed in the morning with a grin on his face. In some, rare cases, it’s enough to make him get a boat and head out to sea in an effort to fully focus on the problem. But what happens when the poor shmuck actually solves the unsolvable?

Andrew Paul Grell Christian Goldbach and His Conjectures GOG V.2

Andrew Paul Grell Christian Goldbach and His Conjectures GOG V.2

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Andrew Paul Grell Christian Goldbach and His Conjectures GOG V.2


  1. What was your inspiration for this story or favorite part about writing it?  
    Not that long ago, number theory was essentially an exercise with limited practical applications.  Today, number theory controls the security of everything. 

    Goldbach’s conjecture is stated so simply but has not been solved one way or another.  It is considered a valid test to determine if a higher power or someone channeling The Proconsul of the Halls of Kobol is legit. 

    They would be easily able to write the proof on a blackboard or provide a counter-example.  So I put that concept into play.

  2. What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? 
    When Jessica Friedman in 5th grade put up 75 book reviews and cornered the market on Gold Stars.  We later learned she was just reading the jacket blurbs.

  3. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel? 
    Richard Brautigan, The Abortion.

  4. How many ‘in-progress’ works do you have? 
    Let’s see.  There’s 10 Weeks, YA-ish.  There’s a Joan, a Michael, a Margaret, a Catherine, a Burgundy, a Lancaster and an Orleans but I don’t think anyone is going to get the jokes. 

    Then there’s Absolutely the last Remake of the Book of Nathan, detailing how Solomon managed to climb over nine older brothers to claim the thrown of the Israelite Empire.

    Oh, of course, and a submission for GOG 4.  Hint:  People should hold onto their hats and watch what they eat.

  5. What does success look like to you? 
    I’m a Leo.  Success means people seeing my name in print and people patting me on the back.  All of my royalties go to getting dogs out of kill shelters.

  6. Do you have a favorite place to write or writing ritual? 
    I am that odd writer who just writes at a desk with a pipe (well, a vape) and his dog, Cyrus, at his feet.

  7. What do you do when you are not writing?
    I ferret out nefarious fraud; it’s a pretty good gig.  When I’m not doing that, I’m on my bicycle or watching the Mets with my beloved wife, Melody.

About Andrew

Andrew Paul Grell lives in a park in Manhattan with Melody, his wife of thirty years, and their Malti-poo puppy, Cyrus King of Persia.  At 59, he is an “emerging writer.” He is the author of the recently-released science fiction novel SCAPEGOATS: The Goat Protocols, which has just been entered into the Sacred Cannon of the New York Public Library. Andrew has been anthologized in American Writers Review and Surprised by Joy.  He will be appearing in soon in What Sort of Fuckery is This, The 42 Anthology, Elixer Magazine (Yemen) and Short Stories & Tall Tales.  He also makes occasional appearances in Writers Newsletter and is proud to be an Ugly Writer.  By day he uses mathematical models to ferret out fraud, and he gets everywhere by bicycle.  He owes everything to Melody for letting him glom the contacts she had from her Masters program at Wilkes University.