First Strike (anthology)

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First Strike
Product information
Type Anthology
Author Loren L. Coleman
Jeff Kautz
Randall N. Bills
Louisa M. Swann
Dayle A. Dermatis
Phaedra M. Weldon
Kevin Killiany
Steve Mohan Jr.
Jason Schmetzer
Blaine Lee Pardoe
Jason M. Hardy
Dan Duval
Victor Milán
Development Loren L. Coleman (editor)
Pages 336
Cover Artwork Ed Cox
Interior Artwork Robert Atkinson
Chris Lewis
Brad McDevitt
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT35801
First published Dec 2010
ISBN-13 978-1934857816
MSRP $14.95
Era Succession Wars era
Clan Invasion era
Civil War era
Jihad era
Series BattleCorps print anthologies
Preceded by The Corps
Followed by Weapons Free

Published in December 2010, First Strike (subtitle: BattleCorps Compilation Vol 2; also "BattleCorps Anthology Vol 2" on the inside imprint) is a print anthology of 16 short stories previously published via BattleCorps plus one previously unpublished story, Fall of the Blossom (which continues the storyline from Of War and Peace and Cherry Trees).

Also included are an introduction ("Foreward") by Loren L. Coleman narrating the inception of BattleCorps again, though from a slightly different angle than in the first anthology, and again a brief "About the authors" section in the back plus illustrations of several BattleMechs, vehicles and spacecraft.

The anthology was also published in EPUB/Kindle format on 15 December 2010.

From the back cover[edit]


Three hundred years.
An age of chivalry and brutality. Of star empires.

Princes and generals. Soldiers and spies. An age where heroes rally to hold back the darkness. And even the most unlikeliest of hands may determine the fate of millions. An age of duty, loyalty, and terrible choices.



  1. Broken Blade (Steven Mohan Jr.)
  2. Gravity Poisoning (Loren L. Coleman)
  3. Every Twelve Seconds... (Jeff Kautz)
  4. On the Square (Jason Schmetzer)
  5. Old Legends Never Die (Louisa M. Swann)
  6. The Price of Conviction (Randall N. Bills)
  7. Ants (Jason M. Hardy)
  8. Mirage (Dayle A. Dermatis)
  9. The Heart of Dixie (Blaine Lee Pardoe)
  10. Pirate Hunt (Dan C. Duval)
  11. Be Not Afraid of Greatness (Phaedra M. Weldon)
  12. Callie's Call (Victor Milán)
  13. Pack Hunters (Jason Schmetzer)
  14. Red Khopesh (Steven Mohan Jr.)
  15. The Last Full Measure (Kevin Killiany)
  16. Of War and Peace and Cherry Trees (Steven Mohan Jr.)
  17. Fall of the Blossom (Steven Mohan Jr.)