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.