This isn't the first time a book predicted a major world event:
Futility (1898 Novella)
Although the novel was written before the RMS Titanic was even conceptualized, there are some uncanny similarities between both the fictional and real-life versions. Like the Titanic, the fictional ship sank in April in the North Atlantic, and there were not enough lifeboats for all the passengers. There are also similarities between the size (800 ft (244 m) long for Titan versus 882 ft 9 in (269 m) long for the Titanic), speed and life-saving equipment.
There are millions of novels out there. That means billions of pages and trillions of words. Chances are a few lines will result in weird coincidences like this. But 99.9999999999999% of times they won't.
I mean, if there is no conspiracy or time travel antics, this looks like a logical explanation.
What? The chances are a trillion to one to the power of one trillion plus one.
He's not saying the author predicted it, he's saying the world works in mysterious ways.
In fact, isn't science discovering theories that the universe and time whatever is cyclic? Fuck knows, couldn't care really.
Cyclic existence is probably the answer for this. I used to work in a call centre and I'd get the most bizarre customer name, then a few days later I'd get the same name but for a different customer. Then never again.
Karmic bubbles I used to call it. Shit's fucked up.
Everything ever written in a book no matter how old that is within the realm of possibility has a chance of coming true. It doesn't make it a prediction though. Coincidence is not prediction.
This was someone who had enough working knowledge to incorporate it into a story and by coincidence we find ourselves in that situation. I mean Tom Clancy was investigated by the FBI because he had several things in his books about intelligence, weaponry, tactics and such come true but all it came down to was he had knowledge on how things worked and he wrote stories based on his knowledge and he wrote things that seemed logical and plausible to him, and it turned out they were true. But he certainly didn't predict anything.
Prediction is a very specific, exact, and intentional thing like predicting the weather. It isn't saying something and by chance it is vaguely true at some undetermined point in time somewhere in the future. Coincidence is something else entirely.
Only three months ago, John Hopkins, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum (a hive of self-professed globalists) ran a "pandemic simulation" called "Event 201" specifically focused on Coronavirus. Not Ebola, or Swine Flu or even Avian Flu - but CORONAVIRUS. The simulation features the spread of coronavirus in South America, blamed on animal to human transmission (pigs). The conclusion of the exercise was that national governments were nowhere near ready, scoring 40 out of 100 on their preparedness scale. The simulation projected over 65 million deaths worldwide.
Actually in the book the doctor was russian and the city some russian city. It was reprinted in 1989 and since communist russia was looking shaky they went with chinese. The book also says the fictional virus kills 100% of infected in 24 hours.
Hardly a prediction, but hey you get attention so I guess you're happy now.