Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Danellians, AIs And Ants
In Poul Anderson's Time Patrol series, human beings evolve into the "Danellians," whereas, in his Genesis, they create and are succeeded by post-organic intelligences. I mention this because, in one Saint story, a mad scientist breeds giant intelligent ants to replace mankind but the Saint kills the scientist and burns his laboratory.
Apparently, Leslie Charteris wanted to include every kind of story in his Saint series so this is the single example of science fiction although whether it is a plausible one is another matter!