Welcome to Billionaire Bunker
But Is It a Bunker that Protects, or a Windowless Cell that Imprisons?
Welcome to Billionaire Bunker, the first story from the end of the world.
It’s the end of the world as we know it! (Do you feel fine?)
While the globe goes up in radioactive flames, a handful of humanity’s richest specimens are holed up deep inside a manmade cave, hundreds of feet below the scorched Kansas prairie.
The world above may be ending, but for these elites, their hell-on-earth nightmare is just getting started.
Their manmade cave is like a luxurious Manhattan apartment building, flipped upside down, buried underground, and encased in thick concrete walls and blast doors. The living quarters are like miniature palaces, fit for the future kings and queens who will repopulate the earth once it is safe to return to the surface. The common areas feature all the convenience and luxury of the fanciest hotels, with only this difference: the servants and housekeeping staff are all robots, for no mere commoners are allowed inside the bunker, lest they contaminate the gene pool of Humanity 2.0.
During their long wait underground, these elites should never have to worry about being bored. The bunker is well-stocked with seemingly endless entertainment options: a nightclub, a discotheque, a swimming pool, a miniature golf course, racquetball courts, billiard tables, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a massive library, and hundreds of board games. But even better than all of these old-fashioned forms of fun is the virtual reality (VR) room.
The VR room is a portal to a fully functional metaverse, into which the residents can disappear at will. Once inside, they can travel to any time or place in the known or imagined universe.
The fallout shelter seems like paradise — especially compared to the infernal aftermath of World War III aboveground — but a bunker can easily become a tomb, and the same thick concrete walls and heavy blast doors that keep danger out can also keep prisoners locked inside.
Billionaire Bunker, like the other forthcoming stories on As the World Ends, will be published serially. The main character is a young man named Jonathan. His father, Sal, was a venture capitalist who built this modern version of Noah’s ark for himself, his own heirs, and four other carefully-chosen families.
Jonathan thinks he knows his father, just as he thinks he knows himself. He is about to learn, though, people are not always what they seem, even when it’s someone you’ve known your whole life.
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You can also rock out to one of the end-of-the-world jams embedded from YouTube below, which will help to set the mood for these apocalyptic stories!
Billionaire Bunker Jams
Here’s a Megadeth song, Set the World Afire, about nuclear apocalypse:
Here’s Sting singing about the danger of nuclear war in his song Russians:
And here’s Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s music video for Two Tribes, about the world’s superpowers fighting to the death:
Fashion goes in cycles. Isn’t it great to have the 1980s Cold-War-music back in style again?! Today, just like in the 1980s, the USA has an elderly President; but unlike Reagan, who developed Alzheimer’s after leaving office, Biden has gone completely senile while he’s still Commander-in-Chief!
And in case nuclear war with Russia doesn’t bring the curtain down on Life’s rich pageant, we have a cabal of world leaders who seem intent on creating as many crises as it takes to usher in a “Great Reset,” after which we the people will “own nothing, have almost no privacy,” and yet somehow feel that “life has never been better” — at least that’s according to the WEF, which promised that all this would be accomplished by 2030. What can possibly go wrong?!
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