Did author Dean Koontz predict coronavirus?
Social network users are not surprised by the similarities between the coronavirus epidemic and the book by American writer Dean Koontz. The cover of his 1981 novel The Eyes of Darkness, featuring the deadly Wu-chan-400 virus from Wuhan, has already shared tens of thousands on Facebook. Some refuse to believe that this is a coincidence, and there is a theory that Koontz predicted the future, writes British daily The Guardian.
In Koontz’s book, the virus was produced in laboratories outside the Chinese city of Wuhan, and was given its name accordingly. People on the Internet point out that a new type of coronavirus causing COVID-19 was also first reported in Wuhan, the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei. The Guardian writes that, however, the similarity between Koontz’s fiction and actual reality ends. For example, the novel virus Wuhan-400 kills one hundred percent of the infected, unlike the actual coronavirus. Reuters recalls that there is also no evidence that the new coronavirus is transmitted to humans in the laboratory. The Wuchan market, where wild animals are sold, is considered the source of the current infection.
The motif of a pandemic or global catastrophe appears in many other books or films. The Guardian, for example, reminds us of the 2011 Infection film, where the deadly virus spreads all over the world. The motif of an artificially developed virus that kills all mankind except one man also appears in the dark novel Surviving the Saddest Canadian author Margaret Atwood.