An allegory about ants, CONSPIRANT COLONIES features the one possible sole survivor of a once expansive colony, an ant empire. Going by the name Anton, the character explains to a human youth what happened; an account that begins at the end and passes back and forth—how the upstart, Anteca, passed from a fledgling frontier to a complex and corrupt society.
The original, natural cast of the queen and her court is gradually overtaken by a rising unnatural cast that eventual eviscerate the natural through a process of extraction of essence—the life-blood of the worker ant. Ever weakening the next generation, the unnatural become every powerful though not without the depletion of that which all colonies depend for continued existence.
Still, Antecazation becomes the theme of empire; continuous conflict and conquest of bordering colonies.
More to come…