Assumption of Risk

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Assumption of Risk
Product information
Type Novel
Author Michael A. Stackpole
Pages 384
Cover Artwork Boris Vallejo
Interior Artwork Elizabeth Danforth
Illustrations Duane Loose
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 1 September 1993
ISBN-10 0451452836
ISBN-13 978-0451452832
Era Clan Invasion era
Timeline 19 December 3055

Assumption of Risk, by Michael A. Stackpole, is about the various machinations to force Kai Allard-Liao to choose sides in the coming Capellan civil war. The novel continues the plot of Natural Selection.

The novel was made available on BattleCorps on 05 January 2010 as a PDF file (text only, without cover, pictures, or any other interior artwork except for the usual BattleCorps frame graphics). The PDF copy includes a disclaimer stating that it was created from a pre-final edition text that might differ from the printed version and that canon-wise, the print edition trumps the PDF edition.

From the back cover[edit]

Solaris VII, the Game World, is the Inner Sphere in microcosm, and Kai Allard-Liao is its Champion. Veteran of the war against the Clans, he daily engages in free-form battles against challengers who wish his crown for their own.

There is no place he would rather be.

Then the political realities of the Federated Commonwealth intrude on Solaris. Ryan Steiner, a man sworn to dethrone Victor Steiner-Davion, comes to Solaris to orchestrate his rebellion. Tormano Liao, Kai's uncle, redoubles efforts to destroy the Capellan Confederation, and Victor Steiner-Davion plots to revenge his mother's assassination.

In one short month, Kai's past, present and future collapse, forcing him to do things he had come to Solaris to avoid. If he succeeds, no one will ever know, but if he fails, he'll have the blood of billions on his hands.


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Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 1994 as Kalkuliertes Risiko (ISBN 9783453077690).[1] The cover is lifted wholesale from Main Event, an entirely unrelated story that also takes place in part on Solaris VII. The book had several printings, including a third printing in 1996 under the same ISBN.[2] This was also republished as an EPUB by Ulisses Spiele in 2017 as BattleTech Legenden 21 : Kalkuliertes Risiko (ISBN 9783957526762).[3]


A Hungarian edition, translated by Haga Györgyi Krisztina, was published by Beholder in 1999 as Veszélyes feladat.[4]


A Russian edition, translated by I. Gavrilov, was published by Армада (Armada) in 1996 as Цена риска (ISBN 5763201280). [5][6] A reprint was published in 2002 (ISBN 5710763624) by Дрофа (Drofa) as part of a different series produced in collaboration with Армада-пресс (Armada-Press). [7][8]


A Spanish edition, translated by Anna Amado Bernardino, was published by Timun Mas in 2002 as Riesgos asumidos.



  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for first printing of Kalkuliertes Risiko
  2. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for third printing of Kalkuliertes Risiko
  3. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for BattleTech Legenden 21 : Kalkuliertes Risiko
  4. Beholder product page for Veszélyes feladat
  5. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Цена риска
  6. National Library of Russia description for Цена риска (1996)
  7. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Цена риска
  8. National Library of Russia description for Цена риска (2002)