Robert O'Reilly
Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

I am educated in the Western Classical Tradition, B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Latin and Greek, English major, one year at U. of Toronto, studied under Alain Renoir and Northrop Frye, read most classics full time for many years after university in French, English, Latin and Greek to the modern day. I am interested in the near future of technology, what changes it imposes upon our heritage and character as humans. Short stories and Essays are my medium.


Ad Astra

5 Feb 2024 4 minute read 1 comment Diomedes

  Ted knew our mission and had been busy working on a device, a scanner the size of a shoe box that could pick up the full spectrum of frequencies with a range of many miles and tell us if we were in the vicinity of any robot in communication with o...

Castaways

2 Feb 2024 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  The old man sitting across from us was a puzzle too, his survival, his serenity a thing to admire. Since we’d done most of the talking we asked him politely if he would care to share some of his own history with us, Sarah and me, and he did, not h...

A survivor

31 Jan 2024 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  We drove north through the state of Washington, no longer a state, just a name on a map that had no relevance, then east on highway ninety, the route I came to the west coast eight years earlier, call me sentimental. But we proceeded at a snails p...

Heading out

28 Jan 2024 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Then again, she was a beguiling creature, two women in one. I thought about it late into the night, alone in a room with a bed I had set up for just that purpose, meditation. It led me to realize that our present little society, with the demograph...

Ida

26 Jan 2024 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Strange days Many strange things happened in the following days, Ida attending her own funeral, all of us calling Juliet by her name when it was Ida inside partially controlling her. She took the reins of this control slowly, even meekly, one migh...

Transplant

25 Jan 2024 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  We had one potential candidate. One of our women in her early twenties, Ida, had given birth recently to a healthy female babe but had suffered extreme bleeding in the delivery. Abdominal pains continued days after the birth and we neither had the...

Solutions

23 Jan 2024 2 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  We never told the rest of our group about Sarah’s aberration and her three week separation from us. It was easy because they never asked. We told them the details of our itinerary and the rather dull findings as if we’d all been together the whole...

Regret

22 Jan 2024 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Elizabeth The only person who wasn’t enjoying serene happiness was Sarah. She had not only just been through a traumatic life and death situation, she had to admit to a huge mistake on her part and the change of heart and ways that it decreed. Thi...

A mother's love

19 Jan 2024 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

    We arrived back in Phoenix on the second day. We could have pulled in the night before but we had a delicate issue to resolve with Sarah and wanted many hours for talks. In fact we stayed up half the night discussing what arguments would best wi...

Consciousness

17 Jan 2024 3 minute read 1 comment Diomedes

  Crawling out of the slime. Devonian era, our precursor. It was a mistake that almost erased the human race and the few of us left had but one mission in life, to correct it, or else lead lives hiding in the shadows without any purpose except survi...