Hi, I recently read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. Throughout the book Marra tells readers what will happen to the characters in the future. Here is a quote as an example, "In twenty-eight years and seven months, at a limnology conference in Cologne, the girl would meet the man she was to marry nine years later." These are my questions: 1) Can I use this general format in my writing? By general format I mean: In (fill in a number) years (fill in character name) would (fill in what happens) . 2) Have you come across novels or short stories that use this type of "device"?