ABOUT ” The Juice”
A substance that gives users almost god-like powers of charisma supercharges Janet Stilson’s new sci-fi cyberpunk novel
As a veteran journalist, author Janet Stilson has walked the corridors of the most powerful media companies on the planet and interviewed the executives who control them. Her deep knowledge of this world is at the heart of her debut novel, THE JUICE (Dragon Moon Press; February 9, 20201). It imagines what these large corporations might be like a few decades into the future – and how the government and advertising clients could use them to influence public behavior and beliefs.
In THE JUICE, Jarat Ellington is just an exile from Elite society, trying to lead a simple life, when a genius friend drops 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 extraordinarily charismatic beings, known as Charismites. But the Juice is stolen, and Thom killed.
With the help of a secret organization, Jarat goes on an obsessive quest to uncover the deadly adversary who now controls the Juice. He must fight his intense attraction to a Charismite named Luscious Melada—once a dirt-poor, homely teen who, with the help of the Juice, transforms into an extremely magnetic starlet. And he goes up against Petra Cardinale, a powerful, ambitious media executive with a secret agenda.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Janet Stilson lives in two worlds and is passionate about both of them. On the one hand, she writes stories in the sci-fi and fantasy genres that illuminate conditions that are present in the world today. On the other, she’s a journalist who focuses on the business of news and entertainment.
One of her feature film scripts, JAGUAR TRAIL, won the competition for the Writer’s Lab for Women, sponsored by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. Another script, IMAGINARY CHILDREN, is adapted from her own short story of the same name, which was published by Asimov’s. The sci-fi literary magazine also featured Janet’s narration of the story in a podcast episode.
Janet’s novel, THE JUICE, a cyberpunk, dystopian tale about the media industry, will be published by Dragon Moon Press in February 2021.
Worlds of Words
Janet Stilson lives in two worlds and is passionate about both of them. She is a journalist who has served as an editor and correspondent at many fine publications. And Janet is also a creative writer, whose work includes THE JUICE, a dystopian cyberpunk novel about media. It will be released by Dragon Moon Press on Feb. 9, 2021.
Stilson debuts with an energetic vision of a dystopian near-future America … This cyberpunk adventure delivers plenty of future tech and social commentary to please genre fans. — Publishers Weekly
“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.” — BookList
“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
On one hand, Janet Stilson is a journalist. On the other, she writes scripts, novels and short stories that largely fall in the grounded sci-fi and fantasy genres and illuminate the human condition in provocative ways.
Janet’s novel, “The Juice,” is a dystopian, cyberpunk tale that was inspired by her work as an editor and reporter, interviewing execs at big media companies about where the heck we’re all going. It’s being published by Dragon Moon Press on Feb. 9, 2020. Her short story “Imaginary Children” was published by Asimov’s magazine in July 2020.
Based on her film script “Jaguar Trail,” Janet was selected to be part of the Writers Lab for Women, which is funded by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. Stowe Story Labs also selected “Jaguar” to be part of its intensive mentorship program in 2018.
As a journalist, Janet got her “chops” at the storied showbiz bible “Variety.” She has traveled the world chronicling the business of media and entertainment. It afforded her many busman’s holidays in places like Shanghai and Paris, for which she is forever grateful.
Janet has also worked as a consultant and researcher, specializing in the business of media. Separately and in conjunction with others, she has provided services to such clients as Liberty Media, Microsoft Corp., Oxygen, Discovery Communications and MTV Networks.
She has been an artist in residence at Dorland, a retreat in Southern California; the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony in Costa Rica; Odysseys, also in Costa Rica, and La Muse in southern France.
Janet lives in New York City’s Harlem area with her husband and two rambunctious cats. It’s a world away from her childhood home in a gorgeous upstate New York town called Franklin. Cars pass through Franklin in almost the blink of an eye, and she hopes it stays that way.
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This is an amazing book for readers of Sci-Fi. Happy Reading!