FICTION

Fiction has always played a seminal part in developing and fleshing-out the BattleTech universe, from short fiction in sourcebooks, to full-length novels; nothing works as well to immerse a player into the war-torn 31st century. Catalyst Game Labs is releasing brand new fiction, while also starting to make available all previously published novels in epub format.

E-pub Fiction
The entire back catalog of classic BattleTech novels (as well as new, original fiction) is making its way to epublication. Several dozen novels are already available on the Fiction (E-pub) page, with more on the way.

BattleCorps.com
Another great source for fiction is BattleCorps, the only online official short fiction publication for BattleTech. With over a million words of fiction available, this fiction subscription website contains a legion of stories across every faction and Era.

Onslaught: Tales of the Clan Invasion!

In 1990 Michael A. Stackpole's novel Lethal Heritage introduced readers to the Clans, genetically enhanced MechWarriors from beyond the Periphery who returned to the Inner Sphere to conquer the Successor States. With advanced BattleMechs and unstoppable skills, they crushed all who stood in their way — changing the BattleTech universe forever.

Now, in Onslaught: Tales of the Clan Invasion!, seven stories have been gathered from the BattleCorps fiction website to showcase this universe-altering event. Seven stories of incredible attacks from beyond known space. Seven stories of unremitting heroism in the face of defeat.

Seven stories of the onslaught of the Clans.

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BattleTech: Chaos Formed (Book Two of the Chaos Irregulars)

The battlefields of the 31st century are commanded by the BattleMech, twelve-meter-tall, 100-ton bipedal engines of destruction. Fought by MechWarriors, commanded by neo-feudal officers, owned by national governments and band of mercenaries, loyal to one of the interstellar Successor States or the martial Clans, these ’Mechs make every other ground combat vehicle obsolete.

This is the warfare of fusion-powered giants.

This is BattleTech.

The Chaos Irregulars are mercenaries, born on the battlefields of the planet Acamar at the dawn of the Word of Blake’s horrific Jihad. Orphans of shattered mercenary battalions, they were forged in the crucible of combat into one of the most reliable mercenary battalions in the Inner Sphere.

Chaos Formed: Book Two of the Chaos Irregulars continues the fan-favorite mercenary band’s contracts, battling intrigue, betrayal and other BattleMech mercenaries. First published on the BattleCorps fiction site, these stories comprise the second half of a duology that began in Chaos Born: Book One of the Chaos Irregulars.

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BattleTech: 25 Years of Art & Fiction

BattleTech: 25 Years of Art & Fiction is the ultimate chronicle of the BattleTech/MechWarrior universe. Full-color, hard-back and coffee-table-sized at over 10" by 12", its 304 pages are brimming with hundreds of color and B&W illustrations that span BattleTech's 25-year legacy. Additionally, the book contains:

  • An 8-page, detailed treatise on the evolution of the BattleTech/MechWarrior computer games and the creation one of the most successful franchises in history: from The Crescent Hawks Inception to MechWarrior 2, Virtual World Entertainment Cockpits to MechWarrior 4 and more!
  • A 25-page bibliography detailing every rulebook, box set, scenario pack and more ever sold for BattleTech/MechWarrior by FASA, FanPro, WizKids or Catalyst Game Labs; an era stamp with each entry allows for easy time period identification.
  • A universe timeline from the launching of Crippen Station in 2005 until the reformation of the shattered Free Worlds League in 3139
  • 18 all new stories from best selling, perennial authors Michael Stackpole, Robert Charrette, William H. Keith, Loren L. Coleman and authors; stories set from the time of the Star League to the Succession Wars, Clan Invasion to The Dark Age.
  • A look at a host of licensed products over the years, from comic books to the cartoon, toys to patches, and more.

PREVIEW NOTE: In an effort to provide as thorough a preview as possible of this full-color book, the PDF preview is 15 megs.

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The Corps: BattleCorps Anthologies Vol. I

The great Star League general, Aleksandr Kerensky. Colonel Archer Christifori, a man with a score to settle. Neilson Geist, on Christmas patrol. MechWarrior Joanna of Clan Jade Falcon. A Sandoval scion. An eleven-year-old girl. Northwind Highlanders. A prisoner of war. They all have two things in common.

A universe torn apart by unending warfare.

A mission, to stand up against the darkness.

This compilation contains a selection of eighteen of 2004's best fiction pieces, as well as an all new story about young Kerensky by Loren L. Coleman!

Includes stories by your old favorite BattleTech authors: Randall N. Bills, Loren L. Coleman, Blaine Lee Pardoe, Robert Thurston, and Michael A. Stackpole

As well as stories by new favorites: Ilsa J. Bick, Dan Duval, Jason M. Hardy, Kevin Killiany, Steven Mohan, Jr., Louisa M. Swann, and Phaedra M. Weldon!

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First Strike: BattleCorps Compilation Vol 2

Masters of War!

Three hundred years. An age of chivalry and brutality. Of star empires.

Princes and generals. Soldiers and spies. An age where heroes rally to hold back the darkness. And even the most unlikeliest of hands may determine the fate of millions. An age of duty, loyalty, and terrible choices.

An age...of war.

First Strike collects some of the best BattleTech short stories from some of the game's favorite authors. There are stories by Randall N. Bills, Blaine Lee Pardoe, Jason Schmetzer, Jason Hardy, Jeff Kautz, Dan C. Duval, Loren L. Coleman, Kevin Killiany, Victor Milan, Phaedra Weldon, Steven Mohan, Jr., Dayle A. Dermatis and Louisa Swann.

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Weapon’s Free: BattleCorps Anthologies Vol. 3

A man scrabbles to find the BattleMech that will make his fortune. A deadly tank gunner ponders the cost of his calling. An iconic battalion fights its last battle. And in the Deep Periphery, desperate stirrings of horrible weapons breed rumor and betrayal.

Sixteen stories of combat, honor, betrayal and death fill the pages of Weapons Free: BattleCorps Anthology Volume 3. This diverse collection, drawn from the fiction published on BattleCorps.com in 2006, presents the edgy and violent fiction BattleCorps readers are used to, including a never-before-seen tale of Zeta Battalion.

Savvy readers will recognize now-familiar names in BattleTech lore among the authors: Steven Mohan, Jr., Kevin Killiany, Phaedra Weldon, Jason Schmetzer, Ben Rome and Herbert Beas. These writers have shaped the direction of the BattleTech universe; in 2006, with these stories, they were exploring the freedom they’d earned to do just that.

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