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.

AI droids

2 May 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  It was just as I was lying down in the large, poster bed of some vanished millionaire that my band, my collar, came to life again. I think Dora could sense this and took it as an opportune moment to beguile me. “Sam, are you about to sleep for the...

The hideaway

2 May 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  She fell silent. I was full of thoughts. I walked slowly through this mall, gazing into the storefronts as if shopping, but I needed none of it. You might think that my life in the woods alone, and with my brother the three years before that was a...

I meet AI

1 May 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  I came across my first clue in the first city I entered heading south, the city of Barrie. There, in an otherwise empty mall I found a corpse, the body of an older man recently dead, slumped over on a bench in the concourse. I’m no mortician but h...

I Am

30 Apr 2023 2 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  This is the first page of a novel I am just beginning to compose. It's about the journey of a free man in the near future, 2030, after AI has wiped out nearly all of mankind, not through violence but persuasion, as almost everyone wears wrap around...

Ways to improve your writing skills

29 Apr 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

      Definitely ‘old school’. All good writing requires a command of the English language, a practice in phrasing one’s ideas in the most apt, concise, flowing and even poetic language possible. I’ve heard very intelligent people dismiss the...

Cold Mountain

29 Apr 2023 6 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

    Sanita’s ever-changing hairstyles. Our move to Upper Lake, or rather a large and brand new A-frame on a wooded hillside ten miles up a winding dirt road, in the middle of nowhere, with not another house in sight and our nearest neighbor five mil...

Upper Lake

28 Apr 2023 6 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

    At a party at Ted’s warehouse in August 1987 and where I ran into ‘A’ again. At the warehouse where Ted Falcony lived, the guitarist for the band ‘Flipper’ I ran into my old partner 'A', not seen in a year. Ted was my friend now and invited us o...


27 Apr 2023 7 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Hiram We did have two other occasional visitors, my old friends. The first, Chuck, now living in Santa Cruz, would drop by at rare times and his visits would usually last about five minutes, because he was always in a miserable mood, complaining a...

Santa Cruz

26 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Santa Cruz The joy of motherhood. Pregnancy and reading “ Jan 15th Thursday 2 a.m. We’ve been in S.C. now one week, looking for a lodging from a motel room. Arrived last Wednesday eve., high and frantic, having left Berkeley in our mobile home, a...


26 Apr 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Monte Carlo When the weather turned nasty in early December, we took a train to Nice where it was like summer again, the days beach worthy. We met a British couple our age and in love just like us so we spent time with them, one evening going to t...