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.

Perforating the tin foil of reality

10 Aug 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  I wondered if Dora had ever impregnated me, spooled out her mesh into my mind and tactically encompassed my consciousness, like a desktop globe of the world. I asked Sarah to carefully examine the skin about my ears, under my hair, with a magnifyi...

The infernal machine

9 Aug 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  When everything was once again settled in our relocated community, up and running with our solar array and water supply, our fields and livestock in good order, two things got the better of us, free time and curiosity. There was another brick buil...

Colors, or the things we have collectively forgoten.

17 Jul 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  I don't want to sound like Jerry Maguire here, but it does ring a bell. And bells are all about what this blog will describe, little tiny bells in the back of our heads. I used (and it's been a full fifty years now since I quit that hobby) to coll...

A rosy picture of our future.

15 Jul 2023 6 minute read 3 comments Diomedes

   Human history, complete.   Over the last fifty years, after attaining a fine classical and literary education, and a life of many years given over entirely to reading and philosophical meditation and journals, with no obligations to work or other...


29 Jun 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Ted and I worked as a team each day in light construction work, modifying what we had to suit our needs, moving furniture around and taking out a few walls. Then we became scroungers, driving through the neighboring communities for all the items w...


28 Jun 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  I think that the experiments Dora had played upon herself from the moment she was embodied in in a human form failed, or at least were not to her liking as she didn’t adopt them and continue down that path. She reverted to her cold, calculating, s...


26 Jun 2023 3 minute read 1 comment Diomedes

  Over the next four days all those we rescued recovered. It took all ten of us who had escaped earlier to minister to their needs and those of the infants. Amira and April took care of them. The others were like invalids, bedridden and disoriented...

A Rescue

26 Jun 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  We didn’t even try to make it home that night. Ted and I loaded up the tank in the dark and drove some forty miles north, to a small town and the nearest motel, worn out from only a few hours of sleep the night before. The next morning with clear...

A battle

24 Jun 2023 5 minute read 3 comments Diomedes

  We did just that. Ted and Sarah stayed up with me late into the night. This was because each rescue plan we considered had many more chances of a disastrous ending than success. The element of surprise was out since Ted and his party had escaped a...


22 Jun 2023 3 minute read 1 comment Diomedes

  There was a diner in this town and parked in front of it Ingrid recognized two of our farm trucks. We rushed in and found Ted sitting at a table with his two children, his boy now twelve and his daughter sixteen. There was another young couple wit...