It is a myth that that the sciences of all emerging civilizations advance at the same rate. Energies great enough to power a city can be harnessed by six rubber bands, a soda can, and a quartz crystal. So it happens that the Pfargul people invented warp drive shortly after controlling fire. Those first forays went catastrophically bad, mind you, but they did it.
A mere 3,000 years later, the Pfargul had subjugated four stone-age civilizations and two pre-industrial ones. Admiral Grrup felt good about his fleet of twenty-four wooden-hulled space ships as they approached Earth. Chief of Staff Frrzzu wasn’t so certain.
Aboard the 72-gun first-rater Victorious, Admiral Grrup scowled at Frrzzu, “So what if they have spacecraft! Watch and learn boy!” He turned to Guns Master Blluup. “Give it the full broadside, Master Blluup.”
Thirty-six smooth-bore black powder cannon (Earth’s equivalent was invented 600 years before) fired as one. The communications satellite, owned by Google, disintegrated. It joined the fate of sixteen other satellites.
“You see?” crowed Admiral Grrup. “They are helpless before our technologically superior guns. Empires are built by advancing, boy! Always advance!”
Frrzzu gazed through the ship’s telescope. “What about this vessel? Three points to starboard.”
“Hmm. More solidly built than the others I’ll give you. Ooh, it’s got a kind of beam. Perhaps it’s a navigation signal?”
The charged-particle beam of USS Halsey swung about and touched the first Pfargul vessel. The wooden Pfargul ship exploded immediately. Two more ships followed in quick succession. Halsey was still hundreds of miles away from practical counter-fire. Admiral Grrup’s ships couldn’t even fight back.
“Turn us about, Mr. Prruun,” shouted Admiral Grrup. “Reverse our course.”
“But, sir!” said Frrzzu. “What was that about always advance?”
“We are, boy! We’re Advancing to the Rear!”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. Look here for the original prompt and a blue link to many more of this week’s stories: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/sunday-photo-fiction-march-6th-2016/