Fact: there are just under 2.6 million seconds in a 30-day month.
Thus, if an improbable event has a one-in-a-million chance of happening, and if any such event can happen within one second, then each month ought to contain 2.6 improbable events. (This is why I ran into two college friends in Athens, Greece, and why a distant relative with my exact name has a similar teaching job in Switzerland.)
So, here’s one of this month’s improbable events (although, to be fair, it happened several years ago): the Mr. Hopkins who is mentioned in Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It (see my review here) is NOT a reference to an obscure 1939 book of speculative fiction. Pfeffer’s use of that name is pure coincidence.
How do I know? Because I emailed her, and she replied.
Thank you, Ms. Pfeffer, for your quick response. And I must agree with your final comment: “Ah, the mysteries of creation!”