Nov 20


THE MYSTERY OF THE 1996 PROPHECY OF AMERICAN WRITER DEAN KOONTZ ON THE WUHAN 400 BIOLOGICAL WEAPON VIRUSAn image with a page from a novel by writer Dean Koontz, which contains the phrase “Wuhan-400”, went viral and launched the theory that the appearance of the new Coronavirus had been predicted since 1981.

In Dean Koontz’s 1981 novel ‘The Eyes of Darkness, a page appears referring to a biological weapon, Gorky-400, created in the laboratory and named after the city in Russia where it spread. 15 years later, in the 1996 edition, the name of the virus is replaced by Wuhan-400.

However, Dean Koontz did not actually make a prediction: except for the name of the city, the fictitious virus has nothing in common with the one that triggered the epidemic in China. Wuhan-400 is a laboratory-made virus, while the coronavirus is transmitted from animals to humans. True, Wuhan in China is the center of coronavirus outbreak, but the similarities stop here. In the book, the mortality rate of those who contact the disease is 100%, and the incubation period is 4 hours. In the case of coronavirus, the mortality rate is 2% and the incubation period is much longer. The author himself denied the prediction of this virus, stating that, being a work of fiction, any similarities with present situations are just mere coincidences.

The reality, however, has strange similarities to the book. The outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan in 2019, 13 years after the 1996 edition of the novel, seems to turn fiction into something that looks like a strange prophecy.

But with a brief investigation, things are starting to pick up. From an  article in the South China Morning Post, well-informed publication,  with Chinese contributors who have access to domestic news from China, we learn that there is indeed a Virology Institute in Wuhan, just 20 miles from the epicenter of the epidemic. from today. Designed to treat infectious diseases such as Ebola, the institute has the only top-rated laboratory (“biosafety grade 4”) in China accredited for biotechnology research, primarily the study of lethal viruses. It is also stated that this laboratory “was one of the first to sequence the coronavirus” (“the lab was one of the first to sequence the coronavirus”).

Geographically, the city of Wuhan is located right in the center of China, at the crossroads of major transportation arteries – the north-south high-speed railway (Beijing-Canton-Hong Kong) and the Yangtze River that flows from east to west to the Pacific. “Where better than in Wuhan can you place an epidemic (fictional or even real)?” the article speculates. Where, really? The article adds, among other things, that in the past, the Japanese also stored chemical weapons in Wuhan.

There have been rumors that the current epidemic in China was caused by a genetically modified virus and that it probably escaped from the laboratory near Wuhan, but they were briefly dispatched as mere conspiracy theories. For its part, the institute denies that the “zero patient” of the epidemic was his employee named Huang Yanling, and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology also rejects allegations that there was a link between 2019-nCov (aka Covid-19) and The state institute, or that the virus accidentally arrived from the laboratory in the famous market in Wuhan before spreading from there to the population.

But Chinese researchers of the first cases of contamination confirmed that the first person with symptoms had nothing to do with that market. In light of these data, some of the variants of the conspiracy theory no longer seem so implausible.

In conclusion, there are three possible options for the origin of the 2019-nCov epidemic:

1) The current coronavirus has appeared naturally, without any connection to any laboratory.

Any resemblance to Koontz’s fiction is purely coincidental, a mere coincidence.

2) 2019-nCov accidentally escaped from the laboratory in Wuhan.

The resemblance to the 1996 edition of the novel is explained by the fact that the author documented himself and chose this location knowing that in reality the respective institute of virology really existed there, as well as for the geographical reasons mentioned above. Koontz may even have had a source of information within the American services, such collaborations being not uncommon among thriller writers.

3) The third scenario involves the second, but goes on. Why not assume that, 23 years later, someone with hostile intentions (an enemy state?) Used the script in Koontz’s novel as an “action plan,” putting it into practice to intentionally “plant” an epidemic. ? In this case, the choice of Wuhan was motivated exactly by the above criteria, namely to direct any (and inevitable) suspicions that the virus was DNA-Recombined to the existing institute there (the most “darker” scenario, not impossible at all).

Dean Koontz worked as a counselor for disadvantaged children, then as an English teacher. His desire to become a writer determined his wife, Gerda, to make him a proposal that he could not refuse: “I will support you materially for 5 years and if you fail to become a writer in all this time, you will never succeed. ” At the end of her five years, Gerda quit her job to pursue her husband’s writing career. Koontz’s novels, considered by Rolling Stones magazine to be “the most popular author of suspense books in the United States,” have been translated into 38 languages and sold more than 400 million copies.

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