Thursday, September 4, 2008

Drabble: Invasive Species

Invasive Species

They spread in the holds of great ships, picked up as pets and novelties and specimens by careless travellers, then forgotten or cast off or escaped at later ports of call.

This had all happened before, but more than any other species, the creatures proved hugely adaptable to local conditions, sometimes to the detriment of native flora and fauna.

Before long, the pests had become ubiquitous, and then unremarkable, and then a tolerated and barely noticed minor annoyance.

And that is how, in the end, Man colonized the galaxy: Not as intrepid explorers, but as the rats in the bilge.

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