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Natural Selection
Product information
Type Novel
Author Michael A. Stackpole
Pages 288
Cover artwork Bruce Jensen
Interior artwork Elizabeth Danforth
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 7 July 1992
ISBN-10 0451451724
ISBN-13 978-0451451729
Era Clan Invasion era
Timeline 3055

Natural Selection, by Michael A. Stackpole, covers the Red Corsair conspiracy.

The plot of the novel continues in Assumption of Risk.

The novel was made available on BattleCorps on 07 July 2009 as a PDF file (text only, without cover, pictures, or any other interior artwork except for the usual BattleCorps frame graphics). The PDF copy includes a disclaimer stating that it was created from a pre-final edition text that might differ from the printed version and that canon-wise, the print edition trumps the PDF edition.

From the back coverEdit

The Clan War had ended in an uneasy peace. Sporadic Clan incursions into Inner Sphere territory supply mercenaries like the Kell Hounds with more work than they can handle... border raids sharply divide the Federated Commonwealth's political factions, bringing further instability to the realm standing between Clan's goals and anarchy.

And while secret ambitions drive plans to rip the Commonwealth apart, Khan Phelan Ward and Prince Victor Davion—cousins, rulers, and enemies—must decide if maintaining the peace justifies the actions they will take to preserve it.


Pre-FedCom civil War. Arc-Royal; Victor Davion, Katherine Steiner changes name to Katrina, is a charmer. Khan Phelan Kell Ward attends Morgan Kell's retirement. Omi Kurita and Victor's love grows. Melissa Steiner and Salome Kell are killed in an assassination bombing. Red Corsair raids FedCom territory, Clan Wolf sends the 31st Wolf Solahma unit to stop them. Zimmer's Zouaves were also destroyed in the conflict. Description of first battle Kell Hounds vs. Red Corsair p. 277. Red Corsair is actually a Jade Falcon unit and is in league with the 31st WS (p. 308). On page 324 reference to Clan Wolverine annailation in retaliation to using a nuclear weapon on a genetic repository.

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  • The novel was initially meant to tell that story of Katrina Steiner's 3004 stint as the "Red Corsair" in the Periphery that the author had hinted at, but not detailed, in the earlier Warrior Trilogy. However, the publisher wanted no flashback stories and so the story was rewritten, keeping only the "Red Corsair" nucleus and thereby introducing a new, distinct Red Corsair persona.[1] Stackpole revisited Katrina Steiner's backstory some 20 years later in the 2010 short story Vanish.



  1. according to Stackpole himself in a blog entry on his homepage