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Michael Stackpole

Michael Stackpole is, among other things, a science-fiction author best known for his Star Wars and Battletech books. He was born in Wausau, Wisconsin[?], but raised in Vermont. He has a BA in history from the University of Vermont[?].

From 1977 on, he worked as a designer of role-playing games for various gaming companies, and wrote dozens of magazine articles for the industry. During this time, in response to the accusations of Pat Pulling[?] and a few others who felt that the "occult" elements of Dungeons & Dragons were driving people to Satanism, murder and suicide, Stackpole did a research study on all American legal cases where injury or death had been attributed to gaming, and found that not only were the links to gaming very weak, but that even if all of the reports had been valid, they showed that gamers were violent or suicidal far less often than the general public. [1] (http://members.tripod.com/~limsk/pulling.htm)

In the 1980s, Stackpole began designing computer games for Coleco and then Interplay Productions[?]. The best known was Bard's Tale III[?].

In 1987 he began writing novels set in the BattleTech universe for FASA, and became one of the most popular authors in that genre. Some of his Battletech books were used as the source for a televised animated series.

Based on that popularity, he was selected to write several novels in the Star Wars universe for Bantam Books[?].

In addition, he has written several highly praised novels and short stories based in settings of his own creation.


  • 1988 Warrior: En Garde (Fasa Corporation)
  • 1988 Warrior: Riposte (Fasa Corporation)
  • 1989 Warrior: Coupe (Fasa Corporation)
  • 1989 Lethal Heritage (FASA)
  • 1990 Blood Legacy (FASA)
  • 1991 A Gathering Evil (GDW[?])
  • 1991 Lost Destiny (FASA)
  • 1991 Evil Ascending (GDW)
  • 1992 Natural Selection (FASA/ROC)
  • 1992 Evil Triumphant (GDW)
  • 1993 Assumption of Risk (ROC/FASA)
  • 1994 Once a Hero (Bantam Books)
  • 1994 Bred For War (ROC/FASA)
  • 1994 Dementia (Roc/Target)
  • 1996 Rogue Squadron (Bantam Books)
  • 1996 Malicious Intent (Roc/FASA)
  • 1996 Wedge's Gamble (Bantam Books)
  • 1996 The Krytos Trap (Bantam Books)
  • 1997 The Bacta War (Bantam Books)
  • 1997 Talion: Revenant (Bantam Books)
  • 1997 A Hero Born (HarperPrism[?])
  • 1997 Grave Covenant (Roc/FASA)
  • 1998 An Enemy Reborn {HarperPrism)
  • 1998 I, Jedi (Bantam Books)
  • 1998 Wolf and Raven (Roc/FASA)
  • 1998 Prince of Havoc (Roc/FASA)
  • 1998 Eyes of Silver (Bantam Books)
  • 1999 Isard's Revenge (Bantam Books)
  • 2000 Onslaught (Del Rey Books[?])
  • 2000 The Dark Glory War (Bantam Books)
  • 2000 Ruin (Del Rey Books)

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