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The Founding of the Clans

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The Founding of the Clans (advertisement downloadable from BattleCorps website)
Product information
Type Novel trilogy (unfinished)
Author Randall N. Bills
Publication information
Publisher FanPro (German novels)
First published 2004 (Germany)
2007 (BattleCorps)
Era Star League era, Succession Wars era
Timeline 5 November 2784 - 9 June 2815 (unfinished)

The Founding of the Clans is a (projected) trilogy of novels by Randall N. Bills of which only the first two books were written. Only the first was published in English, while translations of the first two books were published in Germany.

Centering on Andery Kerensky, Aleksandr Kerensky's younger son (and brother of Nicholas Kerensky, who is considered the "father" of the Clans), the series describes Operation EXODUS, the Pentagon Civil War, and the creation of the Clan society.

Although completed, the first two books were not initially published in their original language.
It has been speculated that this may have been because of FASA ceasing active operations in 2001, handing over the BattleTech IP to Wizkids who subsequently granted the license to FanPro. FanPro began to publish a line of entirely new BattleTech print novels in German from 2004 onward, including translations of the first two Founding of the Clans novels in 2004 and 2006, respectively (and also In Ungnade, another translation of a previously unpublished english-language manuscript), but ceased further publications after a disagreement with InMediaRes/Catalyst Game Labs over the rights in 2008.

The first Founding of the Clans novel was later published as a serial via BattleCorps; the second remains unpublished in English so far. The third was never written.

German novel cover German title English title
Clangründer: Abkehr
Clangründer: Abkehr ("Clan Founders: Breakaway")
FanPro, 2004
Fall from Glory

BattleCorps, 2007

Clangründer: Traum
Clangründer: Traum ("Clan Founders: Dream")

FanPro, 2006

Visions of Rebirth

(announced but unpublished so far)

n/a Clangründer: Bande ("Clan Founders: Bonds")

(announced but unpublished so far)

Forging of Blood

(announced but unpublished so far)

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