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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  • The German cover is lifted wholesale from Main Event, an entirely unrelated story that also takes place in part on Solaris VII.