William L. Culbertson

Odds & Ends & Thoughts

The Unicorn Agenda

Yipee! I’ve written the last words of the rough draft of my latest fantasy book. Titled The Unicorn Agenda, it’s a detective story featuring private investigator Mickey Holmes. Mickey’s been around the block a few times and is good at his work. However, he does have a peculiar talent for seeing unicorns and elves, fantasy creaturesContinue reading “The Unicorn Agenda”

On Science Fiction

My area of expertise is not literature. However, I am a reader and author of science fiction. To me the genre of science fiction appears to (mostly) fall into two categories—space opera and the more contemplative stuff. The term space opera probably had its genesis as a way of signaling its similarity to horse operasContinue reading “On Science Fiction”

Recreational Mathematics

April 17, 2018. Answering a question on Can I do math as a hobby? Yes, by all means! While you may think that doing math means boring computations, nothing could be farther from the truth. There is a whole field called recreational mathematics—no, that is not an oxymoron. True, higher mathematics usually requires yearsContinue reading “Recreational Mathematics”

Home Life

August, 2015: Want to cut your writing production? Get a puppy. We are the newly adoptive parents of Labrador retriever named Bindle. Bindle is not quite four months old, and is quite a handful. Right now she is dozing peacefully on the hearth, but this will change within the half hour. While I have theContinue reading “Home Life”

Home Life

July, 2015 Update:  Now that I’m retired, I have all the time in the world. That’s a lie. I have been incredibly busy, and most of it is self inflicted. I have finally gotten my Starship series out the door and up for sale on Kindle. It is two related, novelette-length stories about the distant futureContinue reading “Home Life”

Where Are the Math Students? Part 2

April 13, 2020: Introducing the Harry Potter School of Mathematics. Intrigued by the idea of a Hogwarts Academy for algebraic wizardry? Unfortunately, not only is this a bad idea, it’s an all too common feature of current mathematical education. Math requires an interesting combination of high level abstract reasoning skills linked with basic rote learningContinue reading “Where Are the Math Students? Part 2”

Leonard Nimoy

March 1, 2015: Leonard Nimoy’s passing reminds us that we are all mortal. Unlike most of us who live in quiet anonymity, Nimoy had the rare chance to create a character who will be known and loved for ages. I was already a fan of science fiction when the original series ran for the firstContinue reading “Leonard Nimoy”

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