Leiningen Versus the Ants, a Short Story by Carl Stephenson. Leiningen Versus the Ants has ratings and 26 reviews. Gbolahan said: Read this some 25 years ago. Can’t remember where (a collection of short stories. Carl Stephenson creates a true monster tale in “Leiningen vs. the Ants,” and he intensifies the experience by writing in third-person omniscient point of view.

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This water-filled ditch was one of the defence measures which Leiningen had long since prepared against the advent of the ants. Leiningen had been wrong when he supposed the enemy would first have to fill the ditch with their bodies before they could cross; instead, they merely bs to act as steppingstones, as they swam and sank, to the hordes ever pressing onwards from behind.

Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson

With a hysterical shout of joy, the peons feverishly intensified their bombardment of earth clods and sand. His skin began to creep; he loosened his collar. Anyway, I’m not an old woman; I’m not going to run for it just because an elemental’s on the way.

Such, at least, was Leiningen’s opinion. Realizing that another such casualty, yes, perhaps this alone, might plunge his men leininngen confusion and destroy their morale, Leiningen roared in a bellow louder than the yells of the victim: Just as the man at the weir had lowered the water almost to anys bed of the ditch, the ants on a wide front began another attempt at a direct crossing like that of the preceding day.

The final triumph of Leiningen demonstrates that industrious, courageous “humans” can ahts the savage horde, even if they end up a little “streamlined” in the process. At some points it was hard to picture what exactly was going on.

In six minutes–gnawed to the bones. He ran in long, equal strides, with only one thought, one sensation, in his being–he must get through.

He reaches the dam controls and floods the plantation; this means the destruction of his year’s crop, but it will save his men, preserve the contents of his granaries and destroy the menace of the ants.

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When warned of an approaching cataclysm — a large swarm of ants eating their way through the jungle as an unstoppable force consuming everything in their path — Leiningen refuses to yield like his neighbors:. I liked it, and I’m interested in the fact it was published in How do you choose to NOT give up in the face of millions of killer ants?? Think High Noon, Ayn Rand It was written in in German and translated by the author inso it has been viewed as a political parable.

But you’re pulling my leg of course when you say I must do a bunk.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

Avi rated leininggen it was amazing Oct 02, The green fleet nearly reached the bed and the troops on the far bank swarmed down the slope to it.

The review is of the radio script only. On his way back he stumbles. View all 5 comments. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Jun 08, Scott rated it liked it Leiningenn Both are available online for free. Definitely give the story a read and discover a lost gem!

God, what a prospect, to leiningej eaten alive like that! Then a violent flow of water at the original depth raced through the ditch, overwhelming leaves and ants, and sweeping them along.

It swelled over ant-stippled shrubs and bushes, until it washed against the foot of the knoll whereon the besieged had taken refuge. His slumbers were in no wise disturbed by the memory of the waiting, live, twenty square miles. Now, for the first time, he realized he was coated from head to foot with a layer of ants.

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The Brazilian official threw up lean and lanky arms and clawed the air with wildly distended fingers. Their foundations were higher than the breakwater, so the flood would not reach them.

Something must be blocking the outflow pipe of the third and last cistern-a snake or a dead rat? The inundation rose higher and higher: True, streams of petrol and clumps of earth still prevented a landing.

But then such an on-looker would have reckoned only by what he saw–the advance of myriad battalions of ants against the futile efforts of a few defenders–and not by the unseen activity that can go on in a man’s brain. Leiningen saw a naked Indian leap over the north side of the petrol trench, quickly followed by a second. The biggest danger now, he decided, was the point where the western section of the ditch curved southwards.


Timothy Watson ; Rica: The concrete cooled, the flicker of the dying flames wavered and vanished, petrol from the second tank poured into the trench–and the ants marched forward anew to the attack. Get started by clicking the “Add” button. But I’m reading it for school in the fallso i have no choice: Published first published December The women and children, then the herds of cattle, were escorted by peons on rafts over the river, to remain on the other side in absolute safety until the plunderers had departed.

The water in the ditch was beginning to rise; the stronger damming of the river was making itself apparent.

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Leiningen is able to incinerate several waves of attack, but runs out of petrol when the pumps malfunction. Karen Rose 1 November As the numbers both of his men and his petrol sprinklers were severely limited, this rapid extension of the line of battle was becoming an overwhelming danger.

It was ideal for that purpose. But such disasters, Leiningen contended, merely strengthened his argument that intelligence, directed aright, invariably makes man the master of his fate.

Leiningen now had them lopped so that ants could not descend from them within the “moat. Soon the trees, shrubs and beds for miles around were hulled with ants zealously gobbling the yield of long weary months of strenuous toil. He stationed his men at irregular distances along the water ditch, the first line of defence.

Was there nothing on earth could sweep this devil’s spawn back into the hell from which it came?