art by Seth Alan Bareiss
Investment Strategies in a Post-Apocalyptic World
by Nicky Drayden
If you're like most us, you saw your investment portfolio tank with the Greying Crisis of 2039. If you were lucky enough to notice the signs of an impending stock market collapse, maybe you got out early, but the failing of the banks in the subsequent years probably wiped out most of your net worth. And let's face it, even if you had the foresight to predict that the infection rate would be far worse than anyone could have imagined and you hoarded all of your money under your mattress--the dollar bill has definitely seen better days. However, even in the midst of this global pandemic we've found ourselves in, in the long term, it still pays to be a savvy investor. I'm talking commodities. In particular, brains.
What's the thing that the living and the undead have in common? You've got it--the demand for brains. We want to keep ours, and they want to eat ours--and these days, the supply is low enough that both sides are willing to pay out the nose (or what's left of it) to get what they want. Relax. Even I have more scruples than to deal in Black Market frontal lobes. The opportunity I have here is 100% legal... at least under the abridged Constitution of the Uninfected.