An Easy Victory

Photo by: Al Forbes

Photo by: Al Forbes

Everyone was relaxed after the alien invasion.

Colonel Harrigan stepped out of the vehicle carrier. Major Park joined him to chat.

“I still can’t believe we crushed the alien invasion in only three weeks,” said Park.

“Our scientists explained why,” said Harrigan. “Apparently, different societies don’t develop at the same rate in every scientific field. Maybe the aliens developed FTL travel to get here, but developed poorly in other areas.”

Park pointed back at the truck. “Where’d you get those antique cars?”

“From the aliens.”

“Really? What are they? Staff cars?”

Harrigan smirked. “Nope. Those are alien Main Battle Tanks.”
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Written for the Friday Fictineers: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/27-january-2017/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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46 Responses to An Easy Victory

  1. James says:

    So much for “War of the Worlds.” This time, poor battle tech rather than germs sunk the invasion. Nice twist.

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  2. Hehe. Fun story. Thanks.

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  3. Dale says:

    Fun take on the prompt!

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  4. Ha! Their technology does leave something to be desired.

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    • EagleAye says:

      No doubt. We aren’t going to learn much from their fighting tanks. Their spaceships though, with Faster Than Light (FTL) technology, are another story. They’re a very welcome, “gift.” šŸ˜‰

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  5. Lyn says:

    That doesn’t surprise me at all. I mean, look at the car Dr Who (Jon Pertwee’s version) drove. Good old Bessie. She was a bit hard to hide though, bright yellow as she was šŸ˜€

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  6. List of X says:

    I’m sure you can still use the FTL technology to defeat the Earth with its modern tanks. You just need to take some relatively small rocks, speed them up to light speed, and aim them at Earth – a one pound rock would make an equivalent of a 5 megaton nuclear bomb, I think, although they’d need bigger rocks to go through the atmosphere. A few rocks and we’ll all surrender, not just the French. šŸ™‚

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    • EagleAye says:

      Well on depends on how the FTL tech works. If they used hyperspace, travel outside normal space would impart no velocity in normal space. But if they used warp propulsion, we’d be in trouble. They’d have to use nickel-iron asteroids to insure they survive re-entry. We’d just have to hope they’d be confused when they saw our nuclear ICBMs headed their way. šŸ˜‰

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      • List of X says:

        I wonder if an object has a certain velocity when entering the wormhole maintains its speed in relative to the wormhole when exiting… if yes, it can also be turned into a weapon, but will require much bigger rocks. šŸ™‚

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      • EagleAye says:

        Yeah, that’s the way I’ve heard it. Velocity (relative to normal space) doesn’t change upon entering/exiting hyperspace or wormholes. So you can’t launch a rock at FTL speeds, but you can “get into position” to launch it very quickly. That trip to get a big rock in the asteroid belt could at least be shortened with an FTL drive. It wouldn’t be hard to find one the size of Mt. Everest either. šŸ˜‰

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      • List of X says:

        This might be too late to bring this up, but there aren’t any aliens following your blog, are there?

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      • EagleAye says:

        OMG! Good point. There’s only three that I know of, but they’re refugees from Thyaree Pismo. Total pacifists as you probably know. Still, it’s unwise to give up Earth’s military secrets by using unsecure comm channels. šŸ˜‰

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  7. michael1148humphris says:

    Now I am really worried, that was to easy, perhaps the aliens were testing us.

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    • EagleAye says:

      True. You always have to wonder if your enemy is sandbagging. Sun-Tzu warned to never underestimate your enemy. This is probably why we’ll reverse-engineer their FTL tech and attack their home world post-haste!

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  8. wmqcolby says:

    Their bureaucrats probably had something to do with it. Great story, E.A.! I really enjoyed it! Fun stuff.

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  9. Joy Pixley says:

    I’m worried about how easy that was. I can just see the aliens, having pretended to be conquered while they wait to ambush us once our defenses are down, snickering behind their.. tentacles, or whatever…. about how we actually *believed* they thought these were tanks!

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  10. Daniel says:

    haha, good one šŸ™‚

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  11. Dear Eric,

    There’s technology and then there’s technology. As has been said before, I echo, “Great fun.”

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  12. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Interesting take on the prompt. I loved the thought that alien societies don’t develop at the same rate in scientific fields, very thought provoking. But it is blasphemy to use those cars as tanks.

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    • EagleAye says:

      They are beautiful cars aren’t they? A shame to see them harmed in any way.

      This idea of different technological rates has been explored often in scifi. Some great stories have been written around it. It’s one of my favorite scenarios.

      Thanks very much!

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  13. How cool to end up with all those antique cars.

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  14. Michael Wynn says:

    Humurous piece. Looks like the aliens had too much confidence in their technology and failed to plan effctively

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  15. Tamal says:

    Liked it. šŸ™‚

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  16. We’ve seen the aliens and they are us, give or take a hundred and twenty years or so. Funny stuff, Eric. šŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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