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|Author|| Stephan A. Frabartolo|
Blaine Lee Pardoe
Craig A. Reed
|Development||Philip A. Lee (Editor)|
|Publisher||Catalyst Game Labs|
|First published||23 July 2019|
|Preceded by||Front Lines|
Kill Zone (subtitle: BattleCorps Anthology, Vol. 7) is a print anthology of nine short stories (two of them connected) that had previously been published via BattleCorps throughout 2010, plus one previously unpublished story (Arms of the Destroyer). Futher, it includes two chapters from Jason Schmetzer's Redemption Rift, a foreword by editor Philip A. Lee and an "About the Authors" section.
This 2019 continuation of the BattleCorps anthology series is notable insofar as both the preceding BattleCorps anthology and the final BattleCorps story had been published in 2016; the site went offline a few months later. The line of print anthologies continued in 2017 with the somewhat unique Legacy anthology, but this was published as a BattleTech anthology, and not under the BattleCorps moniker. For this reason, Kill Zone is listed as both the 7th "BattleCorps" anthology and the 8th "BattleTech" anthology (though the latter count omits the early Shrapnel anthology and the BattleTech: 25 Years of Art & Fiction book).
The front page cover image was re-used from the original 2008 cover of the Tactical Operations rulebook. The scene seems to be the final stage of the battle narrated at the end of the story Those Who Stand High.
From the back cover
|“|| REDEMPTION. RESISTANCE. RESOLVE.
A young Davion MechWarrior seeks to repay a debt incurred by the misfortunes of the Fourth Succession War. A tightly-knit farming community bands together to repel vicious pirates or risk losing their livelihoods...and their lives. A Kurita MechWarrior given a final chance to serve the Dragon stands alone against renegade mercenaries. And the survivors of a crash-landed Steiner command must hold the line against ravenous Word of Blake forces to protect the Allied Coalition's quest to wrest Terra from the Blakists' unyielding grip.
- Operation Rat: Tomorrow's Shine, by Adam Sherwood
- Bad Water, by Kevin Killiany
- The Loyal Son, by Blaine Lee Pardoe
- Reap What You Sow, by Craig A. Reed, Jr.
- Arms of the Destroyer, by Travis Heermann
- Operation Klondike: To Lead and Serve, by Jason Schmetzer
- Feather versus Mountain / Rise and Shine (connected story in two parts), by Stephan A. Frabartolo
- Operation Scythe: Those Who Stand High, by Jason Hansa
- Operation Scythe: Lyran Fire, by Lance Scarinci