"In the 1960s I think that in some sense the present was actually about three or four years long," he said, "because in three or four years relatively little would change."
That stood in sharp contrast to late 2010, he said, when big changes had become a daily occurrence.
"Now the present is the length of a news cycle some days," he said in an interview with BBC News.
That ferocious rate of change made writing about the present day exciting, he said, and explained why his current novel, Zero History, is set around about now.
"The present is really of no width whatever," he said.
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