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.


19 May 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  The talk It was late and we retired for the night. I showed Ted and his children a large room with two beds and went to sleep with Beth and our infant now a year old. Across the hall Tom and Jane shared a similar master bedroom with a crib for the...

The holocaust

18 May 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  I suppose my story starts back in two thousand twenty four. My son was two and my daughter six. I had a beautiful wife and a beautiful house right on a beach in Santa Cruz. I’d already made my fortune in the tech industry and at thirty my future s...


18 May 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  We took our guns from our packs. I heard the sound of twigs breaking just out of sight, then a pleading voice: “don’t shoot, don’t shoot. We’re unarmed.” A man stepped into the shadowy light of our almost expired campfire. Two smaller figures foll...


17 May 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  As we collected our gear and our horses, I decided it would be best to make the two day trek back home and use the truck for the trip to Oregon and check out this clan. On horseback such a distance would take a week each way and if the Indians spo...


16 May 2023 6 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  As summer approached so did my mission. I chose May and June to accompany me since Amira was so taken with April I didn’t want to tear them apart, in a river of tears. We practiced camping out in the woods several nights and made a day long expedi...

The Farm

15 May 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  It was fortunate that our new arrivals didn’t bring many farm animals because a large redwood grove isn’t the ideal place for a farm. There was one big storage shed a few hundred yards from the lodge and we emptied it of old furniture and turned i...


14 May 2023 6 minute read 2 comments Diomedes

  In the months following the two births I had less desire than ever to leave our tiny enclave in search of others. The world was too wide and too dangerous and I knew that bad things could easily happen to me if I set out alone in my truck, either...

Growing up human

13 May 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  The first sign of progress was that they began to ask questions and not just stand mute and wait for explanations as they did at first. Their queries were similar to those of a small child with the word ‘why’ the most frequent. When we framed our...

Becoming human

12 May 2023 2 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  The wine experiment failed miserably, so I scaled that back to one glass with dinner. There’s nothing pleasant or instructive in seeing a four year old drunk, only babble. My short treks in the woods with Tom were fruitful as he improved in settin...

Money without love

11 May 2023 7 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  This isn't a part of my novel but a scene from my autobiography which I skipped over publishing months ago. But it came back to me a few days ago as I used the setting of Bohemian Grove in the novel and remembered visiting a restaurant just outside...