List of BattleTech novels
- This article concerns itself with print novels and anthologies only. Additional novels, novellas and short stories which have been published in electronic format do not fall under this article's purview.
See also: Category:Novels and Category:Short Stories
A multitude of print novels have been published for the BattleTech universe since 1986, fleshing out the universe, establishing and continuing an ongoing timeline, and occasionally detailing the distant past of the fictional universe. Originally published directly by FASA, BattleTech's initial developer, the novels have been published by Roc Books since 1991.
In 2004, InMediaRes launched BattleCorps, a subscription based website dedicated to publishing new BattleTech fiction. Through their Catalyst Game Labs imprint they have published print anthologies of BattleCorps short stories as well as other publications with BattleTech short stories. BattleCorps has (re-)published most print novels in PDF format, although they typically contain a disclaimer stating that the PDF was created from a pre-final draft and that canon-wise, the print edition takes precedence in case of any differences between editions.
BattleTech books have been translated into (at least) fifteen languages. Several original foreign language BattleTech novels were written in German, but were not translated into English so far. As foreign-language publications, they do not meet the current criteria for Canon.
The first twelve BattleTech novels which were published directly by FASA are often considered the bedrock of the universe. They portray the "classic" era set around the year 3025 (the late Succession Wars era) up until the beginning the Clan Invasion era.
Decision at Thunder Rift (Saga of the Gray Death Legion #1), by William H. Keith, Jr.. Published June 1986. Timeline: 3024
On Trell I, Carlyle's Commandos, the House Steiner garrison, are destroyed in a sneak attack by Oberon Confederation forces that were supposed to reinforce the garrison. The Draconis Combine's Red Duke Hassid Ricol is revealed to be behind the plot, attempting to gain control of Trell I. Grayson Death Carlyle, the commander's son, must help the people of Trell throw off the invading forces while trying to live up to his father's legacy. The Sword and the Dagger, by Ardath Mayhar. Published April 1987. Timeline: 3025
Ardan Sortek stumbles upon a plot to replace Hanse Davion, First Prince of the Federated Suns, with a double under the control of Maximilian Liao, Chancellor of the Capellan Confederation and sworn enemy of the Davion family. Mercenary's Star (Saga of the Gray Death Legion #2), by William H. Keith, Jr.. Published June 1987. Timeline: 3025-3026
The fledgling Gray Death Legion mercenary unit, formed in the fighting on Trell I and desperate for money, takes on their first mercenary contract: train the rebellious people of Verthandi to fight their Draconis Combine overlords. The Price of Glory (Saga of the Gray Death Legion #3), by William H. Keith, Jr.. Published October 1987. Timeline: 3027-3028
Outlawed for an atrocious war crime that they did not commit, the Gray Death Legion find that they unknowingly held the key to an immeasurably valuable treasure for which they are now hunted—a fully functional Star League era library, the Helm Memory Core. En Garde (The Warrior Trilogy #1), by Michael A. Stackpole. Published August 1988. Timeline: 3026-3027
False accusations and a sham trial exile Justin Xiang Allard from the Federated Suns. The resourceful Warrior finds a new home in the Capellan Confederation. Meanwhile, someone has kidnapped Melissa Steiner, heir to the throne of the Lyran Commonwealth and betrothed of Hanse Davion, First Prince of the Federated Suns. Daniel Allard and the Kell Hounds mercenary unit must face a foe from their past to rescue her. Riposte (The Warrior Trilogy #2), by Michael A. Stackpole. Published October 1988. Timeline: 3027-3029
On the eve of his wedding to Melissa Steiner, Hanse Davion declares war on the Capellan Confederation, launching the Fourth Succession War. Wolves on the Border, by Robert N. Charrette. Published March 1989. Timeline: 3023-3028
The famous Wolf's Dragoons become the target of a plot by an ambitious and devious Draconis Combine Warlord to gain their services permanently. Their liaison with the Combine, Minobu Tetsuhara, is an honest man and a friend to the Dragoons' leader, Colonel Jaime Wolf, and is caught between duty and friendship as war looms. Coupé (The Warrior Trilogy #3), by Michael A. Stackpole. Published April 1989. Timeline: 3029-3030
The Capellan Confederation, weakened from within by treason and a Davion agent, is shattered in the Fourth Succession War while the Kell Hounds prepare for a final showdown with Yorinaga Kurita. Heir to the Dragon, by Robert N. Charrette. Published August 1989. Timeline: 3018-3040
Theodore Kurita, only son of the Draconis Combine's reigning Coordinator Takashi Kurita, has grandiose ideas about the future of his nation but he is hindered by his father's conservative nature and fear of change, and must prove himself on the battlefield as well as the treacherous waters of the Combine court. Lethal Heritage (Blood of Kerensky Trilogy #1), by Michael A. Stackpole. Published September 1989. Timeline: 3049-3051
Two decades after the Fourth Succession War that forever altered the balance of power in the Inner Sphere, a new generation of leaders faces an entirely new threat: Mysterious invaders from beyond the Periphery threaten everything they know and love. Blood Legacy (Blood of Kerensky Trilogy #2), by Michael A. Stackpole. Published December 1990. Timeline: 3051-3052
The invading Clans have been stopped temporarily, but old prejudices and hatreds still stand in the way of a cooperative Inner Sphere defense. Luthien, capital world of the Draconis Combine, may fall, a risk the Inner Sphere cannot afford to take. Lost Destiny (Blood of Kerensky Trilogy #3), by Michael A. Stackpole. Published September 1991. Timeline: 3052
Despite some small victories, the Inner Sphere seems helpless to stop the renewed onslaught of the Clan juggernaut. At this time of greatest need, ComStar steps forward to fulfill their destiny as the saviors of humanity and reveals a hidden army that will duel with the Clans in a proxy fight for Terra on the backwater world of Tukayyid—the cataclysmic Battle of Tukayyid. Shrapnel. Published 1988. Timeline: ca. 2980-3025
Published by FASA as part of their line of BattleTech sourcebooks and game supplements (instead of novel format), the Shrapnel anthology contains a number of standalone short stories (including a Gray Death Legion story by William H. Keith, Jr. and a story about Kell Hounds co-founder Patrick Kell by Michael A. Stackpole) and graphic artwork.
 Roc Books
In 1991, Roc Books took over the ongoing novel line from FASA. They later also launched the "MechWarrior" and "MechWarrior: Dark Age" novel lines.
 BattleTech novels
Roc Books continued the FASA line of "BattleTech" novels and also reprinted all FASA novels (save for The Sword and the Dagger, which was written under a different contract from all others) with new cover art. This classic line of BattleTech books was concluded with novel #56, Endgame, in 2004, and Roc Books voiced no interest in continuing the classic line beyond that point.
Way of the Clans (Legend of the Jade Phoenix trilogy #1), by Robert Thurston. Published August 1991. Timeline: ca. 3030s
Trueborn to Clan Jade Falcon, Cadet Aidan aspires to become a Warrior and contribute his genetic material to his Clan's breeding program. But sibko training is harsh and unforgiving. Bloodname (Legend of the Jade Phoenix trilogy #2), by Robert Thurston. Published October 1991. Timeline: ca. 3040s
Aidan only managed to attain Warrior status through unconventional means and under the assumed identity of freeborn Warrior Jorge. Though this should preclude him from ever earning a bloodname, he gets a chance to set his record straight. Falcon Guard (Legend of the Jade Phoenix trilogy #3), by Robert Thurston. Published December 1991. Timeline: 3051-3052
Considered a pariah among his own Clan for his unconventional career, Star Colonel Aidan Pryde gets one last shot at redemption in the Battle of Tukayyid. Wolf Pack, by Robert N. Charrette. Published April 1992. Timeline: 3053-3055
Over the course of half a century, Wolf's Dragoons have evolved from a fabulously successful mercenary unit into something resembling a small nation—too big to maintain coherence among their various subfactions. Torn between their Clan and Inner Sphere origins, they find themselves in what amounts to a civil war when an ambitious faction attempts a coup against Jaime Wolf. Natural Selection, by Michael A. Stackpole. Published July 1992. Timeline: 3055
A marauding band of raiders equipped with Clan weaponry crosses borders into the Inner Sphere and threatens to undo the Truce of Tukayyid. To contain the threat, Archon-Prince Designate Victor Steiner-Davion and Khan Phelan Ward of Clan Wolf must cooperate despite their differences. The assassination of Melissa Steiner-Davion adds to the overall tension. Decision at Thunder Rift, reprint. Published September 1992. Mercenary's Star, reprint. Published November 1992. The Price of Glory, reprint. Published January 1993. Ideal War, by Christopher Kubasik. Published March 1993. Timeline: 3054-3055
After the Word of Blake sect split off from ComStar in the wake of the Battle of Tukayyid, the disparate group of religious zealots and shell-shocked soldiers were permitted to settle on the Free Worlds League planet of Gibson, where they end up embroiled in a guerilla war against local forces. Alarmed, Thomas Marik sends Sir Paul Masters of the Knights of the Inner Sphere to Gibson to evaluate the situation—and Masters finds many more factions active on Gibson than expected, deadlocked in a bloody, dirty and utterly chaotic guerilla war. Main Event, by James D. Long. Published May 1993. Timeline: 3054-3055
Hired for garrison duty on Borghese, the newly-minted Black Thorns mercenary company finds themselves fighting both Clan Jade Falcon invaders and a political movement that wants to surrender the planet. Blood of Heroes (Saga of the Gray Death Legion #4), by Andrew Keith. Published July 1993. Timeline: 3056
While the unit's leaders are off-planet, secessionists attack the Gray Death Legion on Glengarry, foreshadowing the FedCom Civil War. Assumption of Risk, by Michael A. Stackpole. Published September 1993. Timeline: 3055
Kai Allard-Liao has returned to the world that made his father famous, the gaming planet of Solaris VII. But being the Gaming World's Champion is the least of his worries as conflicts abound, from the arrival of a former lover to the assassination plot of a political leader. Far Country, by Peter Rice. Published October 1993. Timeline: 3056
A Draconis Elite Strike Team, accompanied by a small mercenary group, are stranded in an unknown star system by a misjump with no contact to the rest of humanity. They make landfall on a planet with intelligent flightless birds and find that another group of humans who stranded here five centuries earlier has taken to enslaving the birds and established nations that now wage war on each other. D.R.T., by James D. Long. Published May 1994. Timeline: 3056-3057
Having proven themselves a capable unit and equipped with captured Clan technology from Borghese, the Black Thorns accept a contract to Wolcott, the Draconis Combine's staging point behind the Clan lines, and from there embark on a deep strike mission against the Clan-held system of Courchevel. Close Quarters, by Victor Milán. Published September 1994. Timeline: 3056
Hired to provide protection for Chandrasekhar Kurita's business holdings on Hachiman, Camacho's Caballeros and Cassie Suthorn begin to feel out a plot to take down the high-ranking noble. When an alliance between his foes threatens Chandrasekhar's interests, Cassie and the Caballeros face a tough battle between their friends in the Ninth Ghost Regiment and Ninyu Kerai Indrahar, the spymaster manipulating the whole conflict. Bred for War, by Michael A. Stackpole. Published January 1995. Timeline: 3057
Victor Steiner-Davion's Federated Commonwealth badly needs the war material that is provided by the Free Worlds League in exchange for treating Joshua Marik, the Captain-General's dying son, for leukemia. When the boy dies, he is replaced with a double, but the ruse is discovered with disastrous consequences: Houses Marik and Liao use the deception as a pretext to invade the Federated Commonwealth, and Victor's treacherous sister uses the opportunity to tear it apart and secure the Lyran Alliance for herself. Just when Victor thinks things can get no worse, the Refusal War pits two entire Clans, the Jade Falcons and the Wolves, against each other in a fight to the death. I Am Jade Falcon, by Robert Thurston. Published March 1995. Timeline: 3057
For aging and frustrated Star Commander Joanna, the Refusal War between the Clan Jade Falcon and Clan Wolf is her last chance to earn some glory. Highlander Gambit, by Blaine Lee Pardoe. Published June 1995. Timeline: 3057
Thirty years after the Northwind Highlanders switched sides from the Capellan Confederation to the Federated Suns in the Fourth Succession War, the Capellan Chancellor orders Loren Jaffray, an elite Death Commando and descendant of a Highlander, to sacrifice everything he is and everything he has to destroy the bonds between the Federated Commonwealth and the Highlanders, even if it means the Highlanders' destruction. Tactics of Duty (Saga of the Gray Death Legion #5), by William H. Keith, Jr.. Published August 1995. Timeline: 3057
The Gray Death Legion gets entangled in the developing FedCom Civil War once more on Caledonia. Lethal Heritage, reprint. Published September 1995. Blood Legacy, reprint. Published November 1995. Lost Destiny, reprint. Published December 1995. Star Lord, by Donald G. Phillips. Published February 1996. Timeline: 3057
Stefan Amaris VII, a distant heir of Stefan Amaris, is building up a secret army in the Periphery to sow unrest, sending his units on terror attacks bearing false colors. A disparate group of operatives under the aegis of the Knights of the Inner Sphere is tasked with putting and end to his maraudings. Malicious Intent, by Michael A. Stackpole. Published March 1996. Timeline: 3057-3058
Right after the Refusal War, Clan Jade Falcon attacks Coventry, which has the unintended side effect of uniting disparate elements of the Inner Sphere. Vlad of Clan Wolf attempts to rebuild his clan with political intrigue. Wolves on the Border, reprint. Published May 1996. Hearts of Chaos, by Victor Milán. Published June 1996. Timeline: 3056-3058
Camacho's Caballeros are sent to Towne, where they find the planet split between support for the local Davionists, and the desire for stability among the Draconis Combine. Behind the Combine troops, however, are the Kokuryu-kai, a mysterious organization that wants to overthrow the Coordinator. Operation Excalibur (Saga of the Gray Death Legion #6), by William H. Keith, Jr.. Published August 1996. Timeline: 3057
The Gray Death Legion takes service with their erstwhile enemy, the rebellious governor of Hesperus II. Under the guise of turncoats, they play a dangerous game of brinkmanship to bring Hesperus back into the Lyran Alliance that culminates in a battle within the 'Mech factory itself. Heir to the Dragon, reprint. Published September 1996. Black Dragon, by Victor Milán. Published November 1996. Timeline: 3058
Camacho's Caballeros are invited to Luthien to be honored for their work on Towne, only to begin to unravel a plot to kill the Coordinator. Impetus of War, by Blaine Lee Pardoe. Published December 1996. Timeline: 3058
The Draconis Combine hires out the famous Northwind Highlanders for a daring mission into Clan space. 'Cat' Stirling and Loren Jaffray take the Stirling Fusilers to the planet of Wayside V deep behind Clan lines for a strike against the Clan Smoke Jaguar's supply lines. Double-Blind, by Loren L. Coleman. Published April 1997. Timeline: 3058
The mercenary unit Avanti's Angels is hired by the Magistracy of Canopus to defend against the Marian Hegemony—a conflict behind which lurks the Word of Blake. Binding Force, by Loren L. Coleman. Published July 1997. Timeline: 3058
The Capellan Confederation, bent on recapturing their lost territories in what is now the Chaos March, sends Warrior House Hiritsu to conquer Kaifeng. While stranded behind enemy lines, Hiritsu Warrior Aris Sung learns of a traitor among his House's forces. Exodus Road (Twilight of the Clans #1), by Blaine Lee Pardoe. Published August 1997. Timeline: 3052-3058
A disillusioned Warrior from Clan Smoke Jaguar provides the Inner Sphere with the information to strike at Huntress, the Smoke Jaguar capital world. Grave Covenant (Twilight of the Clans #2), by Michael A. Stackpole. Published September 1997. Timeline: 3058-3059
The states of the Inner Sphere have reformed the Star League, and a multinational coalition task force is created to utterly destroy Clan Smoke Jaguar as a show of force. The Hunters (Twilight of the Clans #3), by Thomas S. Gressman. Published December 1997. Timeline: 3058-3059
Under the command of Marshal of the Armies Morgan Hasek-Davion, Task Force Serpent sets out on the long voyage to Huntress, hoping to surprise and overwhelm the distant homeworld of Clan Smoke Jaguar and make the hunters become the hunted. Freebirth (Twilight of the Clans #4), by Robert Thurston. Published February 1998. Timeline: 3058-3059
Ordered to inspect a project of the science caste at a Clan Jade Falcon outpost on the Clan Smoke Jaguar world of Huntress, Star Captain Horse finds evidence of a secret cooperation between the Jade Falcon and Smoke Jaguar scientist castes. Warrior: En Garde, reprint ("10th anniversary edition"). Published April 1998. Warrior: Riposte, reprint ("10th anniversary edition"). Published June 1998. Sword and Fire (Twilight of the Clans #5), by Thomas S. Gressman. Published August 1998. Timeline: 3060
After the death of Marshal Morgan Hasek-Davion, Ariana Winston, the General in charge of the Eridani Light Horse, leads Task Force Serpent on. Even while they fight to neutralize Huntress, however, a new wave of Smoke Jaguar warriors is on its way back from the Inner Sphere, pushed out by Victor Steiner-Davion's Operation Bulldog. Shadows of War (Twilight of the Clans #6), by Thomas S. Gressman. Published September 1998. Timeline: 3060
On Huntress, Task Force Serpent has dug in and is fighting a desperate defense while enraged Clan Smoke Jaguar troops flood the field, until Operation Hunter arrives and eradicates the last of the Smoke Jaguars. But then Victor Steiner-Davion reveals the true goal of their fight: Strana Mechty, the homeworld of the Clans, itself. Warrior: Coupé, reprint ("10th anniversary edition"). Published November 1998. Prince of Havoc (Twilight of the Clans #7), by Michael A. Stackpole. Published December 1998. Timeline: 3060-3061
Victor Steiner-Davion leads his battered forces to Strana Mechty and begins the bidding process for a Trial about the Clan invasion itself, to end it once and for all. His forces prevail, but Khan Vlad Ward of Clan Wolf lets off a parting shot as the coalition forces leave his homeworld: the Inner Sphere may not be as stable as when they left. Falcon Rising (Twilight of the Clans #8), by Robert Thurston. Published March 1999. Timeline: 3059-3061
Following in the footsteps of her father Aidan, freeborn Warrior Diana of Clan Jade Falcon competes for a bloodname. This not only alienates many in her own Clan, but pushes the Jade Falcons on the brink of war with the conservative Clan Steel Viper. Meanwhile, the coalition forces arrive back in the Inner Sphere, years after they left, and find it changed as Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion has ursurped the Federated Commonwealth and left her brother, Victor Steiner-Davion, without a throne. Threads of Ambition (The Capellan Solution duology #1), by Loren L. Coleman. Published May 1999. Timeline: 3060-3061
Thirty years after his aunt Candace split off from the Capellan Confederation and formed the St. Ives Compact, Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao uses his powerful position of First Lord of the resurrected Star League to set a plan in motion that will allow his Confederation to reclaim the breakaway commonality. The Killing Fields (The Capellan Solution duology #2), by Loren L. Coleman. Published August 1999. Timeline: 3062
The conclusion of the long and bloody struggle to re-absorb the St. Ives Compact back into the Capellan Confederation. Dagger Point, by Thomas S. Gressman. Published April 2000. Timeline: 3061-3062
The noble Eridani Light Horse are deployed to the St. Ives Compact as Star League peacekeepers in the small nation's ongoing conflict with the Capellan Confederation. But the mission is a sham; First Lord Sun-Tzu Liao is not really seeking peace, but rather wants his Confederation to recapture St. Ives. Illusions of Victory, by Loren L. Coleman. Published May 2000. Timeline: 3062
On the game world of Solaris VII, the FedCom Civil War spills beyond grudge matches and out into the streets. Measure of a Hero, by Blaine Lee Pardoe. Published July 2000. Timeline: 3062-3063
In the FedCom Civil War, decorated war hero Archer Christifori takes up arms against Lyran oppression on Thorin. Path of Glory, by Randall N. Bills. Published December 2000. Timeline: 3061-3062
At the beginning of the FedCom Civil War, Clan Nova Cat and the Draconis Combine forge an unlikely alliance. Flashpoint, by Loren L. Coleman. Published April 2001. Timeline: 3062
During the FedCom Civil War, the planetary militia on Kathil rises against the Lyran 8th FedCom RCT. Test of Vengeance, by Bryan Nystul. Published June 2001. Timeline: 3062-3064
Elemental Warrior Jake Kabrinski rises through the ranks of Clan Ghost Bear and fights in the Combine-Ghost Bear War. Patriots and Tyrants, by Loren L. Coleman. Published September 2001. Timeline: 3061-3063
The FedCom Civil War builds up as Katherine Steiner-Davion and her brother Victor Steiner-Davion maneuver against each other. Call of Duty, by Blaine Lee Pardoe. Published October 2001. Timeline: 3063
On Odessa, treachery pits Archer's Avengers against Snord's Irregulars during the FedCom Civil War. Storms of Fate, by Loren L. Coleman. Published April 2002. Timeline: 3064-3065
The FedCom Civil War gains momentum as Victor Steiner-Davion and Katherine Steiner-Davion continue their conflict. Operation Audacity, by Blaine Lee Pardoe. Published June 2002. Timeline: 3064-3065
During the FedCom Civil War, Clan Jade Falcon attacks and seizes planets in the Lyran Alliance. Prince Victor Steiner-Davion sends Major General Archer Christifori to check the Clan advance by taking Clan worlds behind those recently captured. Endgame, by Loren L. Coleman. Published September 2002. Timeline: 3065-3067
Prince Victor Steiner-Davion and his allies attempt to crush the Loyalists under Victor's sister, Katrina, and bring an end to the FedCom Civil War which culminates in the attack on Tharkad. The Legend of the Jade Phoenix, by Robert Thurston. Published October 2003.
Omnibus reprint of the Jade Phoenix trilogy (Way of the Clans, Bloodname, and Falcon Guard).
 MechWarrior novels
Beginning in 1999, Roc Books also launched a second novel line in the BattleTech universe under the "MechWarrior" moniker (not to be confused with the MechWarrior RPG). Unlike the other BattleTech novels, the MechWarrior novels were not meant to drive the plot of the BattleTech universe. Instead, they narrate stories of small units or individual characters that have no impact on the greater storyline.
Ghost of Winter, by Stephen Kenson. Published October 1999. Timeline: 3060
Kore, a backwater mining world in the Periphery, is attacked by raiders. The tiny militia force is defeated, but one MechWarrior escapes and stumbles across the treasure the raiders are after. Roar of Honor, by Blaine Lee Pardoe. Published October 1999. Timeline: 3062
The Stalking Bears, a newly formed Trinary, are sent to garrison the planet Toffen and defend it against an attack from Clan Wolf. By Blood Betrayed, by Blaine Lee Pardoe and Mel Odom. Published November 1999. Timeline: 3059
After his brother was killed while fighting for Able's Aces, farmboy Harley Rassor joins the mercenary unit to find out what really happened. Initiation to War, by Robert N. Charrette. Published November 2001. Timeline: 3061-3063
On Epsilon Eridani, a young militia warrior learns what it means to be a MechWarrior. The Dying Time (Saga of the Gray Death Legion #7), by Thomas S. Gressman. Published January 2002. Timeline: 3065
Grayson Death Carlyle, the famous founder of the Gray Death Legion, passes away. His wife takes up the reins as the mercenary unit embark on their greatest challenge since their inception and return to Hesperus II to protect the facility during the ravages of the FedCom Civil War. Imminent Crisis, by Randall N. Bills. Published March 2002. Timeline: 3065-3066
On New Syrtis, the 8th Syrtis Fusiliers become entangled in the FedCom Civil War.
 MechWarrior: Dark Age novels
Following the creation of the MechWarrior: Dark Age line and the subsequent renaming of the original line into "Classic BattleTech", Roc Books started another new novel line set in the Dark Age era, beginning in 3132 (roughly 100 years after the classic BattleTech/MechWarrior setting) from 2002 onwards under the "MechWarrior: Dark Age" moniker.
Ghost War, by Michael A. Stackpole. Published December 2002. Timeline: 3132-3133
Sam Donelly investigates a terrorist organization on the planets Helen and Basalt. A Call to Arms, by Loren L. Coleman. Published February 2003. Timeline: 3133
Customs officer Raul Ortega must deal with a Steel Wolves attack on the planet Achernar, one of the few worlds with a working HPG station. The Ruins of Power, by Robert E. Vardeman. Published April 2003. Timeline: 3133
War comes to Mirach, and the pacifistic governor wants none of it. His son Austin must take up the sword instead. A Silence in the Heavens (The Proving Grounds trilogy #1), by Martin Delrio. Published June 2003. Timeline: 3132-3133
The Steel Wolves, led by Anastasia Kerensky, assault Northwind. They are opposed by Tara Campbell and her Highlanders, as well as Paladin Ezekiel Crow. Truth and Shadows (The Proving Grounds trilogy #2), by Martin Delrio. Published August 2003. Timeline: 3133-3134
While Tara Campbell and Ezekiel Crow grow closer, Anastasia Kerensky makes another attempt on Northwind. Meanwhile, a dark secret threatens to unravel the alliance against the Steel Wolves. Service for the Dead (The Proving Grounds trilogy #3), by Martin Delrio. Published November 2003. Timeline: 3134
Twice repulsed from Northwind, Anastasia Kerensky leads her Steel Wolves to Terra, the capital of the Republic of the Sphere. Tara Campbell must not only stop the Wolf leader, but also confront a traitor closer to home. By Temptations and By War, by Loren L. Coleman. Published December 2003. Timeline: 3134
The planet Liao holds special significance to the Capellan Confederation and its ruling House Liao. Chancellor Daoshen Liao sends an agent to regain the planet from the Republic and resurrect a long-dead Warrior House. The mystery of the Betrayer of Liao is resolved. Fortress of Lies, by J. Steven York. Published February 2004. Timeline: 3134
Duke Aaron Sandoval uses his nephew Erik to make alliances and oppose the Capellan advance into the Republic. Patriot's Stand, by Mike Moscoe. Published April 2004. Timeline: 3134
When an unscrupulous businessman hires Hansen's Roughriders to help him conquer the planet Alkalurops, the determined natives must put their fate in the hands of a rag-tag group of mercenaries. Flight of the Falcon, by Victor Milán. Published June 2004. Timeline: 3134
Clan Jade Falcon enters the fray as the Hazen sibkin, Malvina and Alex, lead an incursion into the Republic. Their target: Skye. Blood of the Isle, by Loren L. Coleman. Published August 2004. Timeline: 3134-3135
An unlikely alliance has arisen between the loyal Highlanders, the secessionist Stormhammers and the predatory Steel Wolves to protect the planet Skye against Clan Jade Falcon. Hunters of the Deep, by Randall N. Bills. Published October 2004. Timeline: 3134
Clan Sea Fox roams the spacelanes like interstellar gypsies, buying and selling at every world and living almost entirely on their enormous ArcShips and CargoShips. In the midst of his regular duties, ovKhan Petr Kalasa of Delta Aimag uncovers intrigue among his fellow merchants. The Scorpion Jar, by Jason M. Hardy. Published December 2004. Timeline: 3134-3135
The death of a legendary hero triggers further crisis in the Republic of the Sphere. With all of his fellow Paladins gathered on Terra to elect a new Exarch, Jonah Levin investigates the mystery behind this tragic murder and uncovers a conspiracy that could bring the Republic to the brink of destruction. Target of Opportunity, by Blaine Lee Pardoe. Published February 2005. Timeline: 3135
ComStar once ruled the realm of interstellar communications throughout the Inner Sphere. Then came the Jihad, launched by a fanatical splinter group. The organization rebuilt, but the crash of the Hyperpulse Generator net nearly three years ago may just be the fatal blow for ComStar. One young Adept thinks he may have the answer to restoring communications, but will he be allowed to test his theory or will he become the pawn of warring factions? Sword of Sedition, by Loren L. Coleman. Published April 2005. Timeline: 3134-3135
Strife continues to build in the Republic government and the new Exarch struggles to repair the damage. With dignitaries from across human space arriving to honor a fallen hero, Terra becomes a pressure cooker that may just explode and bring devastation to everyone. Daughter of the Dragon, by Ilsa J. Bick. Published June 2005. Timeline: 3134-3136
Katana Tormark was once a powerful figure in the Republic until the crash of the HPG system brought out her true allegiance. Now she conquers in the name of the Draconis Combine. But does Coordinator Vincent Kurita support or despise her? Heretic's Faith, by Randall N. Bills. Published August 2005. Timeline: 3135-3137
Clan Nova Cat is known for following their mystical visions, even when the path appears strange to outsiders. Led by the visions of the Mystic Caste, the Nova Cats take up an offer of alliance extended to them by Katana Tormark, now Warlord of Dieron. Will they take the opportunity to reconnect with their sundered brethren in the Republic? Or destroy them? Fortress Republic, by Loren L. Coleman. Published October 2005. Timeline: 3135
With more and more threats appearing on his doorstep, Exarch Jonah Levin has a tough decision to make. Will his attempts to save the Republic doom it instead? Meanwhile, Julian Davion, stripped of his position as Prince's Champion, leads a multinational force against the Senatorial rebellion and Caleb Davion assumes control of the Federated Suns. Blood Avatar, by Ilsa J. Bick. Published December 2005. Timeline: 3135-3136
The first body that turns up in Farway, a secluded town on the planet Denebola, is from out of town. When the Denebola Bureau of Investigation and the legate’s office from half the planet away decide to help identify the murder victim, Sheriff Hank Ketchum knows he’s in over his head. Enter the infamous Detective Jack Ramsey. With the help of the talented and beautiful local medical examiner, Amanda Slade, Ramsey digs into the case and discovers evidence that puts Farway at the heart of a conspiracy. But who’s the greater threat—the Clans, the Word of Blake or the legate’s intelligence operative? Trial by Chaos, by J. Steven York. Published June 2006. Timeline: 3136
The Raging Bears have begun their occupation of the planet Vega with the hope of restoring order on a planet beset by violence and civil ruin. But their bold move to stabilize Prefecture I for the Republic of the Sphere may prove to be the chance their enemies have waited for...
While the military takeover of Vega was no great challenge, setting up a new planetary government and restoring the infrastructure of civilization has proven to be far more difficult for the peacekeeping forces of the Rasalhague Dominion. There remains an underground resistance that refuses to cease fire, and the Bears suspect that the Draconis Combine is secretly supporting the rebellion. As the Combine threatens them from without, the Bears also find themselves plagued by betrayal and deception from within. Unless they can expose the rival elements in their Clan, they may end up as fodder for destruction... Principles of Desolation, by Jason M. Hardy and Randall N. Bills. Published August 2006. Timeline: 3135-3136
For more than a year, "divine leader" Daoshen Liao has relentlessly pushed his Capellan Confederation forces in their invasion of the Republic. Now the time has come for the next stage of his conquest—a conquest that will begin not with an enemy, but with his own family...
Raised among royalty in the Magistracy of Canopus, where the superiority of women is a cultural axiom, Danai Liao-Centrella possesses all the confidence necessary for her to ascend through the confederacy ranks, despite having to contend with the constant machinations of her maniacal brother, Daoshen.
But when her latest mission ends in defeat and personal disgrace, Danai will face the greatest challenge of her life. Chancellor Daoshen rewards her failure by giving her a battalion of her own and a brand-new battlefield. And Danai is about to learn that in service to the state, even family comes second to safeguarding the Capellan Confederation. Wolf Hunters, by Kevin Killiany. Published November 2006. Timeline: 3135-3136
Anastasia Kerensky has declared the Steel Wolf Clan to be mercenaries, re-christening them Wolf Hunters. The combination of autonomy and wealth will make them more than a match for any MechWarrior battalion suicidal enough to challenge them.
But the real challenge comes from within the Clan. Star Colonel Varnoff believes Kerensky has betrayed them all—and with a loyal faction of Steel Wolves at his side vows to destroy all the Wolf Hunters. Surrender Your Dreams, by Blaine Lee Pardoe. Published December 2006. Timeline: 3135-3138
They are the Fidelis, a brotherhood of warriors whose devotion to honor and courage on the battlefield is unmatched. Their existence known only to a former exarch, they are a fighting force to be reckoned with—a force of three knights must consider as they undertake missions that could save the Republic... or cripple it. Dragon Rising, by Ilsa J. Bick. Published February 2007. Timeline: 3136-3137
When several planets are left to fend for themselves, becoming pawns in a deadly game of territorial sovereignty, Katana Tormark, a warlord of Dieron, must join forces with the Combine's coordinator to gain control of these worlds and reestablish the historic Dieron Military district. Masters of War, by Michael A. Stackpole. Published April 2007. Timeline: 3136-3137
Clan Wolf decides to pick up and move halfway across the Inner Sphere. How will this decision affect Alaric Wolf (an adopted warrior whose parentage is surprising), Anastasia Kerensky (one-time leader of the Steel Wolves, now commander of the mercenary Wolf Hunters), and Verena (a Clan Wolf-in-Exile warrior who was tossed out of the Steel Wolves by Anastasia)? A Rending of Falcons, by Victor Milán. Published June 2007. Timeline: 3135-3136
Within Clan Jade Falcon, Malvina Hazen begins a civil war against Khan Jana Pryde. Pandora's Gambit, by Randall N. Bills. Published August 2007. Timeline: 3135-3137
Following the sundering of the Free Worlds League in 3069, three contenders for the throne of the Captain-General vie for supremacy. Fire at Will, by Blaine Lee Pardoe. Published October 2007. Timeline: 3136-3138
For too long, the people of the Lyran Commonwealth have only reacted to attacks by their enemies. Now, Archon Melissa Steiner launches an intricate gambit that will secure the safety of her subjects—and secure her own power against those who wish to take it... The Last Charge, by Jason M. Hardy. Published December 2007. Timeline: 3138
Anson Marik is at his wit's end. The Lyrans are pressing on his borders. His chief tactician has resigned. And his abilities as a leader are failing him. Now his enemies are on the move, taking the Commonwealth planet by planet, forcing Marik to pull his forces back in a bravely-fought running retreat. And if Marik cannot gather his strength to stop the invasion, his people will be doomed... To Ride the Chimera, by Kevin Killiany. Published February 2008. Timeline: 3138-3139
A MechWarrior without peer, Thaddeus Marik has become the figurehead for a new community of worlds attempting to resurrect the Free Worlds League. After defeating a Lyran invasion on the planet of Savannah and negotiating a successful alliance with the Protectorate Coalition, Marik must now ally himself with Jessica Halas-Hughes Marik if the new league is to have a chance.
Having Marik and his forces at her side gives Jessica much-needed credibility and greater influence on Oriente. But old hatreds die hard, erupting in a war against enemies who will stop at nothing to destroy the founding of a new league...
 OtherNo Limits, by Nigel Findley. Published May 1996. A non-canonical crossover novel that was published under the "Virtual Worlds" moniker (and not as a BattleTech novel).
By means of a secret technology, the protagonist travels from the real world to virtual (or alternate) realities and ends up in the BattleTech universe.
 Catalyst Game Labs
Catalyst Game Labs, an imprint of InMediaRes (who operate the BattleCorps online portal to publish new BattleTech fiction in electronic format) and the current holder of the BattleTech IP, published anthologies with stories from BattleCorps in print and an anniversary book, and also continued the Dark Age line in digital format:BattleTech: 25 Years of Art and Fiction, published October 2009.
Anniversary book to celebrate BattleTech's 25th "birthday". Includes 17 short stories, plus general information on the universe. A Bonfire of Worlds, by Steven Mohan Jr.. Published March-October 2009 via BattleCorps, and as e-book; print edition was announced but has not materialized so far. Timeline: 3139-3143
The failure of interstellar communications threatens civilization across the breadth of the Inner Sphere. Risking everything on one last chance for survival, ComStar kidnaps engineering genius Tucker Harwell who unravels the Blackout’s greatest mystery. Among the Clans, Khan Malvina Hazen of the Jade Falcons hunts for the next enemy to crush beneath her brutal Mongol Doctrine, and the warrior Alaric Wolf makes his move into the halls of power.
Plans years in the making come together across hundreds of star systems. Secrets hidden for decades will finally be revealed.
While an empire goes up in flames.
 BattleCorps print anthologies
Following the success of the subscription-based online BattleTech fiction portal, BattleCorps, CGL began publishing print anthologies of BattleCorps stories. Each anthology includes a selection of BattleCorps stories that had previously been published online (most of them typically in one particular year), plus one hitherto unpublished, all-new short story.
18 short stories; except for an all-new one, all had been published online on BattleCorps throughout 2004 (one is a multi-part serial that had its first two parts published in 2003 already to advertise the BattleCorps site). First Strike (BattleCorps Compilation vol 2). Published December 2010.
18 short stories; except for an all-new one, all had been published online on BattleCorps throughout (mostly) 2005, with three stories from 2004 and one from 2006.
16 short stories; except for an all-new one, most had been published online on BattleCorps throughout 2006 (and one in 2005).
17 short stories; except for an all-new one, all had been published online on BattleCorps throughout 2007. Includes the entire Case White series.
 Original German Language BattleTech books
- The following list only includes original novels, i.e. those that were not translated from english-language novels; for a complete synopsis see also: List of German BattleTech novels
Additional books were published in Germany which have not been translated into English to date. It should be noted that their content does not meet the current criteria for Canon because they are foreign language products; they can be considered apocryphal instead if produced under a valid license (which is the case for all but one). Randall N. Bills declared the German books canonical during his first tenure as Line Developer, but this ruling was later rescinded by his successor, Herbert A. Beas II.
German editions of classic BattleTech novels and most of the Dark Age novels were published by Heyne, a major publishing house in Germany. Many of these German editions have different covers from their American originals, or have swapped them around.
The "Virtual Worlds" novel No Limits was translated and published as a BattleTech novel by Heyne as #35: Höhenflug.
In addition to the aforementioned translations, Heyne published an omnibus reprint of three previously published novels, as well as one original novel (Phoenix, #52) and a universe book:
Omnibus reprint of the MechWarrior novels Väterchen Frost, Triumphgebrüll and Blutsverrat (Ghost of Winter, Roar of Honor and By Blood Betrayed, respectively). Phoenix, by Peter Heid. Published December 2001. Timeline: 3054
Waiting on Tomans for an impending Clan attack, mercenaries recount stories from two decades earlier, narrating the defense of Amity against an attack by the Lyran Commonwealth. Die Welt des 31. Jahrhunderts ("The World of the 31st Century"), by Reinhold H. Mai and Christoph Nick. Published December 2002.
A generic introduction to and overview of the BattleTech universe, produced alongside the novel line but not as a part of it.
After having licensed the complete rights to what was now "Classic BattleTech" from WizKids, Fantasy Productions GmbH started a new German novel line in 2004 under the "Classic BattleTech" moniker that included mostly new, original stories (and a reprint of The Sword and the Dagger and the Warrior trilogy otherwise).
Wahnsinn und Methode ("Madness and Method"), by Michael Diel. Published 2004. Timeline: 2598 (with a prologue set in 3067)
First book of the Das Goldene Zeitalter cycle. During a training excercise on Icar in the Rim Worlds Republic, a Royal Black Watch company is caught up in a political intrigue that erupts into battle. Clangründer: Abkehr ("Clan Founder: Breakaway"), by Randall N. Bills. Published July 2004. Timeline: 2784-2802
First part of the Founding of the Clans trilogy that was written in English, but translated and published in German before being published in English (via BattleCorps). English title: Founding of the Clans: Fall from Glory. The story of Aleksandr Kerensky's Operation Exodus, from the time the SLDF fleet leaves the Inner Sphere and the Prinz Eugen mutiny until their Exodus Civil War sixteen years after setting out. Über dem Gesetz ("Above the Law"), by Michael Diel. Published February 2005. Timeline: 2600-2605
Second book of the Das Goldene Zeitalter cycle. An agent thriller set in the Star League era where a plot twisting at the end reveals that First Lord Ian Cameron was not above abusing the League's secret service for assassinations motivated by personal revenge. Clangründer: Traum ("Clan Founder: Dream"), by Randall N. Bills. Published January 2006. Timeline: 2802-2815
Second part of the Founding of the Clans trilogy. Announced English title: Founding of the Clans: Visions of Rebirth (unpublished so far).
After the refugees from the Second Exodus set up on Strana Mechty, Nicholas Kerensky reforges them into a rigid new society centered around a small but elite Warrior caste in an attempt to shed the rivalries that sundered first the Star League. Thus the Clans are created, and the book ends with Nicholas declaring himself ilKhan and announcing their return to the Pentagon worlds to reconquer them. Die Albatros-Akte ("The Albatross File"), by Reinhold H. Mai. Published November 2005. Timeline: 2838
Declared a fictional story within the fictional BattleTech universe, the novel relates the efforts of Team Albatros, a quartet of Lyran Intelligence Corps agents, to stop a rogue Archonet who has a secret weapon that can easily disable BattleMechs. Früchte voll Bitterkeit ("Fruits (full) of Bitterness"), by Hermann Ritter and Erik Schreiber. Published March 2006. Timeline: 2604-2605
Third book of the Das Goldene Zeitalter cycle. A sect leader sets a clandestine operation in motion to abduct a scion of the ruling Captain-General of the Free Worlds League on Tamarind. A handful of officers uncover the plot and, together with a group of BattleMech enthusiasts and their custom-built Clint, prepare to thwart the attempt. Katze unter Bären ("Cat among Bears"), by Arous Brocken. Published October 2006. Timeline: 3053-3054
First book of the Bear Cycle. George, a Nova Cat warrior taken as isorla by Clan Ghost Bear, is sent to the Inner Sphere to fight bandits in the truce period following the Battle of Tukayyid. Clanwächter ("Clan Watcher", apparently referring to operatives in the Clan Watch), by Arous Brocken. Published February 2007. Timeline: 3054
Second book of the Bear Cycle. Now something of a ristar in Clan Ghost Bear, George begins to wonder about the almost suicidal attacks of Inner Sphere opponents against the ostensibly unimportant HPG station on Mannedorf's north pole. His investigations, an uncharacteristic show of initiative for a Warrior, gradually reveal clandestine operations by the Clan Watch that do not sit well with him: It seems the Watch is stirring up the very troubles George and his comrades are fighting and dying to contain. In Ungnade ("(Fallen) In Disgrace"), by Chris Hartford. Published April 2007. Timeline: 2571-2617
Fourth book of the Das Goldene Zeitalter cycle. Rhean Marik's tragic struggle as Captain-General of the Free Worlds League. Written in English, but translated and published in German before being published in English with some changes via BattleCorps as Fall from Grace. (Fall from Grace is fully canonical, trumping the earlier German version.) Mission Kiamba, by Arous Brocken. Published July 2007. Timeline: 3054-3055
Third book of the Bear Cycle. Captured by mercenaries (at the end of the previous book), George fights alongside his captors when they are stranded on the Clan Smoke Jaguar-held world of Kiamba. He is appalled by their conduct, but also comes to recognize that the mercenaries seem to follow some form of honor code as well. En Passant, by Michael Diel; subtitled Schattenkrieg I ("Shadow war I"). Published August 2007. Timeline: 2600
Fifth book of the Das Goldene Zeitalter cycle. First part of the (unfinished) Schattenkrieg series. Prince Alexander Davion is assassinated, prompting his secret service head Susan McEvedy to begin an increasingly ruthless investigation that escalates into a clandestine cold war with the Draconis Combine. Opposing her is cold and efficient ISF officer Tetsuo Yatomo who is trying to contain the fallout. Duo Infernale, by Carolina Möbis. Published October 2007. Timeline: 3061
Following a sneak attack on their garrison base that only they survived, young MechWarrior Mad Dog and disciplined Elemental Shin find out that their mercenary unit unwittingly guarded a Star League bunker containing nuclear weapons which Free Skye terrorists have now stolen. Together with an impoverished former ComStar tech and a mysterious rogue they set out to thwart the terrorists' plans and retake the bombs. Karma, by Bernard Craw. Published December 2007. Timeline: 3028
At the onset of the Fourth Succession War, rogue elements of the Duchy of Andurien stage a raid on Niomede, a world of the supposedly allied Capellan Confederation. But their target, a hidden research facility on Niomede, is guarded not only by the understrength local militia lance, but also Warrior House Kamata. Royal Flush, by Carolina Möbis. Published April 2008. Timeline: 2602
Sixth book of the Das Goldene Zeitalter cycle. After a Kurita attack destroys their base on McGehee, surviving soldiers of the 29th Avalon Hussars take to guerilla warfare to prevent the enemy from using the world as a staging area.
FanPro had planned several more Classic BattleTech publications, but ceased production following a disagreement with InMediaRes/Catalyst Game Labs in 2008 over whether or not FanPro still had the rights to publish German BattleTech novels. Besides Wiege der Basilisken which was ultimately published by Ulisses Spiele in 2011 (see below) these included Clangründer: Bande ("Clan Founder: Bonds", English title: "Forging of Blood") by Randall N. Bills, the third book of the Clangründer trilogy, and additional books in the Great Game cycle by Diehl and Möbis.
After FanPro's license had run out in 2008, Ulisses Spiele acquired the license to publish the German edition of BattleTech including the novel lines. In 2011 they continued the "Classic BattleTech" novel line, although it was renamed to simply "BattleTech" once again (with tan background), as well as the "MechWarrior: Dark Age" line (with black background) as part of this renewed "BattleTech" line, taking over from where FanPro and Heyne, respectively, had left off.
Wiege der Basilisken ("Cradle of the Basilisks") by Reinhold H. Mai. Published July 2011. Timeline: 2839
The Lyran Commonwealth activates Team Albatros once more, this time to investigate Federated Suns research into super soldiers on the world Berceuse; however, a Draconis Combine DEST team has also arrived with the same orders. Andurien-Kriege 1 - Präludium ("Andurien Wars 1 - Prelude"), by Bernard Craw. Published 25 January 2012. Timeline: 3015-3030
The Duchy of Andurien under Dame Catherine Humphreys prepares to secede from the Free Worlds League and vie for independence. Andurien-Kriege 2 - Zorn ("Andurien Wars 2 - Fury"), by Bernard Craw. Published 11 July 2012. Timeline: 3030
Percieving the Capellan Confederation to be in its death throes, the Duchy of Andurien invades but finds much stronger resistance than expected. Erster Kontrakt ("First Contract"), by Arous Brocken. Published 7 March 2013. Timeline: ?
Fourth part of the Bear Cycle. Stranded below the Tukayyid truce line and alone after his unit was wiped out, Clan warrior George must adjust to a life as a mercenary in the Inner Sphere.
 OtherBerserkerbanden ("Berserker Gangs") by Lars Jirmann. Published October 2005.
The exploits of a very top-heavy mercenary unit with cutting-edge equipment and elite personnell, some of them of Clan origin.
An unauthorized and therefore entirely non-canonical publication that was quickly pulled from the market; amounts to mere fan fiction.