I like the way that Dennis Overbye qualifies the work done by the Kepler planet searching satellite:
These are science-fiction times. Kepler is only the first step in a process that experts agree will take decades. Both NASA and the European Space Agency have laid plans for a multidecade quest — employing ever more sophisticated and expensive spacecraft — for planets and life beyond Earth. (Overbye par. 6)
I believe that we can call all times “science-fiction times,” because the cutting edge of science and technology is estranging to the lay person in the here-and-now.
On a personal note, I hope that the science fictional search for other planets encourages a real human space faring developments. I tend to agree with Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking who advocated for colonization of other planets in order to safeguard the longterm survival of humanity.