are also aliens from several episodes of The Outer Limits
(and possibly originally from these stories-- I've never read them, so I don't know). Basically, the sandkings are extraterrestrial insect
s similar to ant
s or termite
scientist tries to study them by keeping a colony
in a sand-filled tank in his garage. They seem only slightly intelligent
at first, with a hive-mind
something like ants. But the structure
s they build become more and more complex
, until they build a larger-than-life
model of his head.
At this point, he begins thinking of them as intelligent
. He learns that if he destroy
s their buildings, they reconstruct them in amazingly short time. Their ranks even part
almost respectively when he steps into the tank. He begins to think they may even worship
him (the attention they pay him, and the monument
s, would lead one to think that).
Their true intelligence is known at the end, however. Working together, the colony
escapes. An entire swarm
s is unleashed on an environment with no defenses against their intelligence and efficiency
. And who's going to believe a crazy
scientists who claims to have found alien intelligence, and has no more proof than a few model
s in a sandbox
Apparently this episode was based on George Martins's story. Thanks, aznin.