The master of frantic surrealism, Haruki Murakami, joins the chorus of authors saying that we're living in a science fictional era now. The Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World author told the San Francisco Chronicle, "We are living in the future now, in a kind of science fiction — 9/11 itself was kind of unreal to me, those images of planes diving into the buildings. I felt like I stepped into the wrong world. I have a feeling that if people like my stories, they are feeling the same way." He also talked about why he's turned to writing about history more: a feeling that his personal memory blurs together with the collective memory. [SFGate]