With over a hundred full-length novels from dozens of authors, the BattleTech universe remains one of the most thoroughly fleshed-out and immersive sci-fi settings ever created.
And we all have our favorite authors. For me, I’ve got numerous ‘favorites’. Robert Charrette’s seminal Heir to the Dragon; William H. Keith Jr.’s original Gray Death Legion Trilogy (I think I read Mercenary’s Star a dozen times in High School); Loren L. Coleman’s Double Blind (one of the best single novels in the entire setting); and so on.
But even though I might have singular favorites from other authors, there’s no denying that for most BattleTech fans, there is only one king novelist. The one who scripted the biggest plots and crafted the largest changes within the BattleTech universe bar none…and that’s Michael Stackpole.
I first met Mike at a small comic book store in downtown Tempe, AZ. His second Warrior Trilogy novel had just come out and I happen to come into the store and he was signing books; there was almost no one there as this was so early in the whole history of it all (1988 I believe). By the time Lethal Heritage came out in 1989 things were starting to change pretty fast; stood outside Game Depot (again, downtown Tempe) to get a signed copy. And over the years I’ve gotten to know Miche; called him friend; even had numerous chances to collaborate on BattleTech storylines. But no matter how easy-and-matter-a-fact I am with Mike, every now and then the 17-year-old that first bumped into him and realized that there were “people” behind these books…yeah, he giggles maniacally.
And I’m giggling right now as I’m pleased beyond words to finally start adding Stackpole’s great wealth of novels to our BattleTech Legends line.
First up is the Blood of Kerensky trilogy…go grab your copies!
The rest of his books will be flowing in the coming weeks as we continue to roll out the entire catalog!