“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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Can’t remember where a collection of short stories or in Reader’s Digest or somewhere else but I remember I loved it as heck! But as the distance began to lessen between the “sons of hell” and the water ditch, they relapsed into silence. The momentum of the attack was so great that neither the tardy flow of the stream nor its downward pull could exert its proper force; and into the gap left by every submerging insect, hastened forward a dozen more.

Using a series of canals, ruses to draw the ants off course, and petroleum fires, the people and leininggen ants engage in a days-long battle. The besiegers sensed the peril of swimming it, and made no move to plunge blindly over its brink. For Leiningen had not erred when he decided he would fight elemental with elemental.

Mechanically, in his stride, he struck at them, scarcely conscious of their bites. Most of them had been born in the district; the cry “The ants are coming!


Not by a long shot; they were all the more eager now on a rich and certain booty–four hundred men, numerous horses, and bursting granaries. To be ripped and splashed to shreds by paranhas? Screaming, frantic with pain, the peon danced and twirled like a dervish. You may also enjoy reading our collection of Dystopian Stories.

During the entire offensive, the planter sat peacefully, watching them with interest, but not stirring a muscle.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

Published first published December Leiningen Versus the Ants. Karen Rose 1 November Jul 07, Keith rated it really liked it Shelves: Hardly likely; and if there were, his prospect of getting back was almost nil. But you’re pulling my leg of course when you say I must do a bunk. Jan 31, Barrett Goldflies rated it it was amazing.

It was not only hoped but expected leiningne the ants would remain quiet until dawn. The sun sank behind the rim of the tamarind wood and twilight deepened into night. No doubt they were victualing columns sent out to obtain provender for the rest of the army. The petrol sprinklers, hitherto used to destroy pests and blights on the plantation, were also brought into action.

Leiningen acknowledged his silent vote of confidence ans a laugh that was half a grunt. This is a short 18 page radio script, based on the short story of the same name. Many thousands were already drowning in the sluggish creeping flow, but they were followed by troop after troop, who clambered over their sinking comrades, and then themselves served as dying bridges to the reserves hurrying on in their rear.


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Trivia About Leiningen Versus Issue spades to every man along the line facing the wood! Then all at once he realized the aim that rain of green was intended to serve.

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Return to the Carl Stephenson Home Page. 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. This “short story” is so boringit gives me massive headaches!

He ran in long, equal strides, with only one thought, one sensation, in his being–he must get through. Again and again, the water sank and rose, carrying leaves and drowned ants away with it. They were just in time to aim a stream of petrol at a column of ants that had already thd and drive them back down the incline into the ditch. Add Leiningen Versus the Ants to your own personal library.

The canals prove effective at first, but soon, the ants learn to cross the canals.

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