David Quammen predicted the pandemic in ‘Spillover.’ His new book ‘Breathless’ tracks the race against COVID-19.

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David Quammen was right. That’ll be chiseled someday into his gravestone. For much of 2020, the great contemporary science writer — whose career started in Chicago more than 50 years ago, in a quite different space — watched as his 2012 bestseller, “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic,” went from science-driven prophesy to science reality. With eerily exacting details, he nailed how the pandemic would play out. “Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus,” his latest, is the inevitable sequel no one asked for, so to speak. It’s an account of the scientists tr…

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