So much of The Raffle Novel takes place in Southern Nevada. As I previously have written, Nevada is critical to the story because it is so mysterious. Where else could the United States and then The New United States (NUS) have secretly created the NHCs (the humanoid robots in The Raffle Series) other than Area 51? With everyone in the world thinking little green alien things are there, it’s the perfect place and cover story for building robots that look exactly like humans that are then imbedded into NUS society.
But did I focus on Area 51 because I’m obsessed with it and think aliens are actually there? No. I’m not obsessed with it nor do I think aliens are there. I don’t believe in aliens. And I don’t think aliens or anything other-worldly is at Area 51. I believe Area 51 is exactly what the government has allowed us to know about it: it’s a secret military base where advanced weapons are being created. And we should respect that secrecy.
I had already finished writing Part 4 of The Raffle Novel, The Covenant, when Matty Roberts created the “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” event on Facebook on June 27. Apparently Matty was inspired by the Bob Lazar movie on Netflix (which is very good by the way). Since then, “millions” of people from around the world have said they will be storming Area 51 with a Naruto run on September 20, 2019. The Air Force has since responded and warned against the raid, and two Nearby Nevada Counties (Lincoln and Nye) have made emergency declarations in response to the event. Both allegedly are allowing festivals to occur between September 20-22.
I debated using Area 51 in The Raffle Novel as the secret “birthplace” of the NHCs because I thought it was no longer relevant. No one in the world cared or talked about Area 51 for several years, right? Well, the storming announcement, the news and the many memes on Instagram and elsewhere cannot be ignored. So, for the next 20 days I will be focusing on and blogging/tweeting about the event and how it plays out.
What do I think is actually going to happen on September 20? I don’t think anyone will get within miles of Area 51/Groom Lake. I think there will be festivals in Nye and Lincoln Counties. But I’m not sure what will really happen there. And I think the only “little green things” that will be really near Area 51 will be a lotta weed, cuz it’s legal now in Nevada.
Stay tuned for more Area 51 observations Rafflers. There will be more details on how and why it plays a role in The Raffle Novel too.