Apparent Catastrophe

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Although it is an official BattleTech product, the subject of this article does not meet the current criteria for Canon for the BattleTech universe.
See the article's section on Canonicity for details.

Apparent Catastrophe
Product information
Type Novella/serialized Novel (part 2 of 4)
Author Michael A. Stackpole
Pages 112 (PDF edition)
Cover artwork Joel DuQue
Publication information
Publisher Harebrained Schemes
First published 28 March 2017
MSRP (see description)
Era Succession Wars era
Timeline 15 November - 23 December 3000
Preceded by Heir Apparent
Followed by Catastrophe Unlimited

Apparent Catastrophe is an original BattleTech novella penned by Michael A. Stackpole, the second of four parts of a serial novel. It was offered as a backer reward for Harebrained Schemes' successful BattleTech Video Game Kickstarter campaign, and was released in electronic format on 28 March 2017 to Kickstarter backers who had pledged at least 50 US$ to the project.


At this time, the novella's Canon status is unclear. It does not technically fall under the current definition of Canon.

Line Developer Randall N. Bills had explicitly stated that the storyline of HBS's game was planned to become fully canonical; this would presumably also extend to the novellas offered on the sidelines as well. However, as of this writing no actual statement has been made yet to actually declare the novella canonical.

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  • Maldive (called "Maldives" in this novella but referred to as "Maldive" in parts 3; not to be confused with nearby Valdives)