Mr Cheerful

An interview with Peter Watts:

SFRevu: Do you think happiness is not a normal state? What about your characters — will they ever achieve happiness?

Peter: Kenny and Lenie kind of did, at the end of the rifters books. I was always worried I’d sold out and grafted a Hollywood Happy Ending onto that series.

The problem with happiness is, once achieved, you acclimate to it. Things that used to make you happy don’t quite cut it after a while: your brain calibrates its happiness thermostat to some more ambitious threshold. Happiness is, therefore, transient by neurological definition. Enough is never enough for long.

We’re funny that way.

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3 Responses to “Mr Cheerful”

  1. Lynn S Says:

    I disagree with that. The things that make me happiest have been making me happy for most of my life.

  2. Ted Says:

    Read Peter Watt’s blog, starting from the August 27th entry or thereabouts, for an idea of what a cheerful guy he is.

  3. Niall Says:

    That’s brilliant.

    (The dedication and the epigraphs in a proof copy of Blindsight provide further evidence of his cheerfulness, if such were needed.)

    *drums fingers impatiently, waiting for Blindsight to ship*


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