“Leiningen Versus the Ants” is a gripping tale of Man versus Nature. As a virtual plague of voracious, thinking creatures marches toward the expansive coffee. 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. Leiningen Versus the Ants, a Short Story by Carl Stephenson.

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While he could think at all, he’d flout both death and the devil. With a curse, he dropped the spade into the ditch; too late, they were already on his body. And now cries of fury, a thudding of spades, and a wild trampling to and fro, showed that the ants had made full use of the interval, though luckily only a few had managed to get across.

Ditch or no ditch, we’ll get to your flesh! As the war between his brain and the “act of God” reached its climax, the very shadow of annihilation began to pale to Leiningen, who now felt like a champion in a new Olympic game, a gigantic and thrilling contest, from which he was determined to emerge victor.

Get started by clicking the “Add” button. Inthe story was adapted into a radio play as part of the CBS Radio series, Escape [2] with William Conrad providing the voice of Leiningen for the January 14th debut broadcast. Even if they plunged headlong into it on all three fronts at once, the force of the now powerful current would inevitably sweep them away.


The review is of the radio script only. Moreover, during his three years verus a planter, Leiningen had met and defeated drought, Hood, plague and all other “acts of God” which had come against him-unlike his fellow-settlers in the district, who had made little or no resistance. But the number of floating leaves was increasing ever more swiftly.

In spite of this impregnable barrier, Leiningen was not yet altogether convinced that the ants would not venture another surprise attack. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Leiningen Versus the Ants–Carl Stephenson ()

You don’t know them! For once they seemed to have lost all their native reserve, for it was in wild abandon now they celebrated the triumph–as if there were no longer thousands of millions of merciless, cold and hungry eyes watching them from the opposite bank, watching and waiting. Leiningen strained like a madman, his lips pressed tight; if he opened them to draw breath. Drowned and floundering insects eddied in thousands along the flow, while Indians running on the bank destroyed every swimmer that reached the side.

Well, I’m not going to let you try it; if I did I’d be worse than one of those ants. At length, two of the men’s nerves broke: Shoals of ants were being carried away by the current into the middle of the ditch, where gradually they broke asunder and then, exhausted by their struggles, vanished below the surface.

Avi rated it it was amazing Oct 02, When Leiningen heard this, he knew the plantation was doomed.

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They’re not creatures you can fight–they’re an elemental–an ‘act of God! Yes, but how was indeed the question; as things stood at present it looked as if the devils would raze him and his men from the earth instead. All seems lost, then Leiningen realizes that he could breach a dam, two miles away. As he lay there, with glazing eyes and lacerated face, he appeared a man returned from the grave.

And meanwhile Leiningen had made a discovery that chilled him to the bone-petrol was no longer flowing into the ditch.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

But it also has strong political overtones. Thanks for telling us about the problem. And so imprisoned between water and fire, they had been delivered antx the annihilation that was their god.

Douse your paws in the petrol! How do you choose to NOT give up in the face of millions of killer ants?? But even then the fierce mandibles did not slacken; another peon had to help him squash and detach each separate insect.

I’m including a link to the story in my review. They sprinted with incredible speed towards the river.