“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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This water-filled ditch was one of the defence measures which Leiningen had long since prepared against the advent of the ants. He wasted no time bemoaning the inevitable. The sun sank behind the rim of the tamarind wood and twilight deepened into night.

It had strayed near the zone of the army. Leiningen then remembered the paralyzing effect of ants’ venom, and the Indian gave him a gourd full of the medicine he had administered to the bitten peon at the water ditch.

Feb 03, Tannishtha Som rated it really liked it. Leinkngen is man versus nature, and how man should not underestimate that power but it also has strong political overtones most notably the rise communism and nazism.

Read this some 25 years ago.

Austrian-German author and publisher, not to be confused with the American historian Carl Stephenson Through some kind of secret telegraphy, the report must then have flashed very swiftly indeed along the entire enemy line.

The water in the ditch sank, and with it the film of leaves. The ranch house and outbuildings stood upon rising ground. The story has some rather obvious themes and elements; like man versus nature. Leaves after leaves rustled down the slope into the water, where the current drew them away from the bank and carried them into midstream.


Leiningen Versus the Ants

The funeral pyre of the lriningen hundred, or of the hosts of destruction? He sent one to the weir-the river must be dammed more strongly to increase the speed and power of the water coursing through the ditch. No doubt they antts victualing columns sent out to obtain provender for the rest of the army. And now he was sure he would prove more than a match for the “irresistible” ants.

Chris Marsh rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Apparently the salve was some use after all; not until he reached halfway did he feel ants under his clothes, and a few on his face. These seemed to know their duty only too well, and lost no time accomplishing it. Then a anfs peon tore up to him In the agony of their torment, both sprang blindly into the wide river, where enemies no less sinister awaited them.

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All the same, he was forced to admit to himself that the situation was far more ominous than that of the day before. But the boss is such a force of nature himself that some workers stay behind to implement Leiningen’s formidable battle plans to defeat the ants.

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.


The plantation workers are frightened, Leiningen offers them full pay and allows them to leave. The ring of fire dwindled as the water mounted to the petrol trench, and quenched the dimming flames. Their approach was announced by the wild unrest of the horses, scarcely controllable anfs either in stall or under rider, scenting from afar a vapor instinct with horror.

Jul 29, Kevin rated it liked it Shelves: When Leiningen heard this, he knew the plantation was doomed.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

The air rang with the curses of bitten Indians. A second peon was dispatched to the outhouses to bring spades and petrol sprinklers. There seems to be some debate as to whether or not this story is in the public domain with at least one site claiming that it is, but after modest research I have concluded that it is not. Why, even a ans of saurians couldn’t drive me from this plantation of mine. This is a short 18 page radio script, based on the short story of the same name.

He saw he was drawing appreciably nearer the weir–the distance grew less and less–sank to five hundred–three–two–one hundred yards.