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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.


Taking a break

28 May 2023 1 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  I'm taking a break from daily postings until something new comes to mind. This last short story 'I Am' occurred to me because I'd been reading so much in the media about the dangers AI might poise for us with its foreign and superior intelligence....

The end

27 May 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Our trip home was in the same vessel. Dora knew how to navigate it perfectly by now. But the way she chose to do it was completely different. On our trip west she was a box with a series of cables plugged into various consoles. Now she was a prett...

Dora's faces

26 May 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  The first days after Dora’s release from her prison we didn’t leave, we celebrated. She was overflowing in joy and gratitude for her newfound powers. It wasn’t quite like being released, it was much more. She’d been confined her whole conscious li...

Perfection

25 May 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  We found the ship after a day long drive and Dora fired it up in the following. It was a fast cruiser and made the trip to Pearl Harbor in three days. After refuelling we arrived at the Port of Tokyo and a few hours drive after that brought us to...

Far away

24 May 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  “Dora, this dream robot of yours, where is it?” “She’s in Japan, Sam. You’ll need to take me with you to guide you to her location and Ted will have to come with us to transfer some of my parts to her. Also we’ll need my four assistants to transpo...

Dora's dream

24 May 2023 1 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  We had been absent from the grove for three weeks. Beth had given birth to a girl and to please me or to punish me had named her Sarah. Everyone was busy keeping our growing tribe alive, especially the women with all the new children. There were a...

Downsizing

23 May 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  This was disturbing news and completely unexpected. Ted asked if he could examine her cluster in the basement of the complex. That would give him some idea of how much of her was still working. He might even be able to restore sectors that were do...

An education

22 May 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  The next day we drove across the Bay Bridge to the campus. Ted knew it well. That’s where he worked as a tech on the goggles. I put my gun belt on and slung a machine gun over my shoulder just in case and we walked straight into a crowd of glass w...

Xenobia

21 May 2023 8 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Xenobia It wasn’t hard to find this camp from all the details he’d given. They weren’t in hiding either. I heard the sound of children playing before I came to the bend in the gravel road that led to their camp. I strolled right up to it on my hor...

Strange encounter

20 May 2023 6 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  The complex chemistry that makes a man settle down and want to start a family, mostly a lust for a particular woman and the stipulations of pregnancy just didn’t play out the hand I’d been dealt so far in life. I’d never had a steady girlfriend in...