More than 120 novels have been published for the perennial BattleTech and Shadowrun universes across the last two plus decades: both with a huge, vibrant history and compelling characters that have entertained millions around the world. However, most of that fiction has been out of print for long years.
With the launch of the iPad (along with the Kindle, Sony Reader and others), electronic fiction reading devices have reached a critical mass. Catalyst is enthusiastically embracing this new medium and launching epub formats for both BattleTech and Shadowrun fiction.
The quintessential BattleTech novels that launched the first of the great story arcs are now available in an Author’s Definitive Edition. The Warrior Trilogy can either be purchased as three separate novels or in an Omnibus Edition. We’ve also published an all-new novel set in BattleTech’s Dark Age Era, A Bonfire of Worlds.
For Shadowrun, all four Nigel Findley books (including one of the all time favorites in 2XS) are now available for individual purchase, as well as an Omnibus Edition. Additionally, later this month we’ll publish Spells & Chrome, an anthology edited by John Helfers of brand new fiction from a host of authors: Michael Stackpole, Steven Kenson, William H. Keith, Jean Rabe, Matt Forbeck, and more.
On Amazon.com you can find the Kindle format of all the BattleTech and Shadowrun novels, while a zip file containing both the Kindle and epub formats for those BattleTech and Shadowrun novels are available at the BattleShop. As the iBookstore expands its catalog, we’ll add our novels as well.
Catalyst Game Labs remains committed to launching a print novel publication program. However, as we wait for all the pieces to fall into place for that program, we’re excited to join this revolution. We’ll continue expanding the back catalog of novels for both Shadowrun and BattleTech (as well as compiling and releasing the million words of BattleCorps.com fiction) each month while dropping in the occasional brand new fair.
For long-time fans looking to revisit great memories, or anyone newly introduced to BattleTech or Shadowrun, there’s never been a better time to carry an entire universe around in your pocket to enjoy at any time!