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 crowdfunding campaign, and was released in electronic format on 28 March 2017 to backers who had pledged at least 50 US$ to the project.


For the time being, the novella's Canon status is unclear and is therefore flagged as apocryphal.

While the book is called "A BattleTech novella" on the cover, this does not necessarily refer to the same setting in the sense of meeting the current criteria for canon: The main BattleTech IP is notably a separate IP from the computer games IP ever since the latter were sold separately to Microsoft by FASA, and the book was written for a computer game that derives from the Microsoft license, not the core BattleTech license.

Line Developer Randall N. Bills had explicitly stated that the storyline of HBS's game was planned to become fully canonical; this would presumably 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 as canonical.

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  • Maldive (called "Maldives" in the first two novellas but referred to as "Maldive" afterwards; not to be confused with nearby Valdives)

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