When charisma is a superpower,
it's a mind-bending force.

“With Universe of Lost Messages Stilson shows herself to be one of the very best of new SF writers. This is a terrific thriller but it’s also a deeply incisive political novel.”

—Jonathan Oliver, multi-award winning editor and the author of The Language of Beasts.

About Janet

Janet Stilson lives in two worlds. She is a creative writer whose body of work includes novels, short stories, scripts and a short film. She is also a journalist who has served as an editor and correspondent for many fine publications.

About Universe of Lost Messages

What if your child has extraordinary powers of charisma and can get people to do almost anything? What happens if that child is abducted?

Izzie and Tristan were never mere humans. They are Charismites, with almost god-like powers of magnetism. Their worlds explode when they are abducted by The Fist, a power-hungry political group with a master plan to control the hearts and minds of all people on Earth and satellite colonies beyond. But the plan only works with the help of Charismites. This new release is a stand-alone sequel to The Juice.

About The Juice

A dystopian, cyberpunk novel about media set a few decades into the future

Jarat Ellington was just an exile from Elite society, trying to lead a simple life, when a genius friend dropped an explosive mystery in his lap. The old pal, Thom Tseng, created a priceless chemical substance called the Juice that turns mildly charming people into almost god-like presences, known as Charismites. But the Juice is stolen, and Thom killed.


About Universe of Lost Messages: "Believable technology ...   makes this an engaging, plausible future world. A deliberately paced, engrossing tale set in a politically motivated, tech-heavy universe."

“An interesting science fiction cross dystopia story that is sure to open some eyes, especially with its political cross references. I’m looking forward to reading more of Janet’s work in the future!”

—The Nerd Daily

“Janet has written some incredibly original script concepts. She has great instincts and an undeniable talent for writing.”

— Felipe Machado, Independent Producer (“Don’t Breathe,” “The Grudge,” “Crawl”)

About The Juice: “An energetic vision of a dystopian near-future America … This cyberpunk adventure delivers plenty of future tech and social commentary to please genre fans.”

The Juice  is a rollicking, inventive, and insightful read — heady, heartfelt but never heavy-handed.”

— Elizabeth Guider,  Novelist, former executive editor of Variety and editor of The Hollywood Reporter

The Juice  is ambitious and genre-bending, blending cyberpunk, espionage, romance, and social commentary in a fast-paced story … The main thread is entertaining, tech-centric, and action-packed enough to keep readers engaged to the end.”


Major Themes and Threads

Janet writes personal, human stories set in larger sci-fi and fantasy worlds.
She explores:

  • Who we trust, and who we simply can’t;
  • The intoxicating power of charisma and magnetism;
  • How advertising and media increasingly influence our opinions and behavior;
  • The ways in which political figures shape public perceptions;
  • How we stay humane in the face of injustice.

Featured Podcasts & Interviews

The podcast Sci-Fi Talk featured Janet speaking about  her new book 'Universe of Lost Messages'

Sci-Fi Talk also featured Janet, chatting about 'The Juice'

Janet talks about The Juice on The Reading & Writing Podcast

Janet describes some of her favorite sci-fi novels on shepherd.com

Latest Blog Post

‘Table for Two’: A Feast of Delicious Courses

Sometimes when novelists release shorter work, the tales seem dashed off — as if they were pleasing some publisher that needed a fast turn-around. That’s not always the case, of course. But could readers count on a rock star novelist like Amor Towles to avoid the trap of releasing something half baked?

The answer was more than a simple “yes.”

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