How is it that some books appear to prophesy events?
A virus called Wuhan-400 causes outbreak … in a Dean Koontz thriller from 1981.
This is so weird. It’s a kind of prophecy! In Dean Koontz’s 1981 thriller ‘The Eyes of Darkness’, a virus named Wuhan-400 is developed in Wuhan, China to be used as a biological weapon, but is finally contracted by humans.
And in another strange coincidence, one of the only lab in China allowed to work on the deadliest viruses around the world is located in Wuhan and helped sequencing the real-life coronavirus we are currently battling.
A chilling coincidence?
In The Eyes of Darkness, a grieving mother, Christina Evans, sets out to discover whether her son Danny died on a camping trip or if – as suspicious messages suggest – he is still alive.
She eventually tracks him down to a military facility where he is being held after being accidentally contaminated with man-made microorganisms created at the research centre in Wuhan.
And now read this passage of the book:
“It was around that time that a Chinese scientist named Li Chen moved to the United States while carrying a floppy disk of data from China’s most important and dangerous new biological weapon of the past decade.
They call it Wuhan-400 because it was developed in their RDNA laboratory just outside the city of Wuhan.”
Or a unconscious prophecy?
The Wuhan Institute of Virology is real. And it’s one of China’s only level four biosafety laboratory where they can study the deadliest viruses (and probably mutate some). And it sits just 32km from the epicentre of the current coronavirus outbreak.
Many theories about the origin of the current viral epidemic say the outbreak appears to be man-made and likely escaped from the Wuhan virology lab. Many have been rapidly debunked, mostly because the lab was one of the first to sequence the coronavirus. (But if they ‘made’ it, it’s easy to sequence it rapidly, no?)