Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson

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"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 plantation of its scrappy owner named Leiningen, a frustrated Brazilian official, who calls the coming of the ants an "act of God," tries to convince him to vacate his home and land. Leiningen contends that he is ready for anything; moreover, his mind is superior to any creatures, and he will defeat them. For "intelligence . . . invariably makes man the master of his fate."

After the official departs, Leiningen assembles his workers and instructs them. Two days later, the army of ants marches upon the plantation with the wildlife ahead of them fleeing in terror. As the ants approach, Leiningen has his system of ditches surrounding the coffee plantation flooded with water. "Unless the ants were clever enough to build rafts, they had no hope of reaching the plantation." Ironically, the ants do create a type of raft with leaves. So,...

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