Can novelists predict the future? Here’s a column I wrote for “Crime Reads” magazine.

Novelists are not prophets or psychics, clairvoyants or descendants of Nostradamus.

They are not supposed to be, at least.

But over the years, some  have seemed pretty close.

Dean Koontz once wrote a thriller called, The Eyes of Darkness, which predicted a global pandemic started by a lethal virus called the “Wuhan-400,”  originating in Wuhan, China.

True, in the original edition published in 1981, the virus was produced in the Soviet Union and it was called the “Gorki-400.” In 1989, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Koontz put out a new edition in which he changed the villain to the Communist Chinese government.

Plenty of naysayers say Koontz didn’t get it exactly right—but….

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