Sussex has a fictional
meeting with the young Victorian writer Ida Pemberton,
who has been projected forward into the Melbourne of 1993,
a world Pemberton predicted in an actual short story a
century earlier. Since Ida Pemberton died at the early age of
twenty-six in 1894 from tuberculosis, Sussex is able to weave
an effective "what if" story from what actually was' (Colin Steele, SF Commentary
No 77, p.54).