Fiction

Fiction has always played a seminal part in developing and fleshing-out the Shadowrun universe, from short fiction in sourcebooks, to full-length novels; nothing works as well to immerse a player into the Sixth World. Catalyst Game Labs is releasing brand new fiction, while also starting to make available all previously published novels in epub format.

Legends (E-pub Fiction)
The entire back catalog of classic Shadowrun novels is making its way to epublication. Several are already available on the Legends (E-pub Fiction) page, with more on the way.

World of Shadows

The Sixth World is a dangerous place, with deadly hazards lurking around every corner. Everywhere shadowrunners go, from the top of the world to the deepest, darkest Sprawl neighborhood, someone’s always looking to make their rep by taking you down.

World of Shadows is the second anthology of original Shadowrun short stories, each one showcasing some of the most far-flung, treacherous locations around the world. From a scientific mission gone wrong in the snowy wilds of Russia to an AR nightclub in Morocco sheltering runners on the lam to a recovering runner drawn into a deadly web of intrigue in the darkest alleys of Hong Kong, these eighteen original short stories explore exotic settings far off the beaten path. Featuring stories by Michael A. Stackpole, Mel Odom, Jean Rabe, Aaron Rosenberg, Phaedra Weldon, Annie Bellet, Chris A. Jackson and many others, find out what happens when shadowrunners have to battle not only with ever-present threat of the corps and Mr. Johnson, but also the dangers of the very land they stand on.

eBook Availability
World of Shadows is available from the following eBook/PDF vendors:

Product in stock

Price: $12.95

Drawing Destiny

THE TAROT HAS AWAKENED…

…And nothing will ever be the same again.

The Tarot, a mystical divination deck of cards, has appeared in the Sixth World as a powerful artifact. It works its will on anyone who finds one of its magical cards, from runners surviving on the street to corp executives battling in the boardroom. And not just people’s lives will be changed, for the Awakened Tarot deck is more than just a formidable magic item, it has an agenda all its own, and will seek to use those it comes in contact with to set its plans in motion…

Drawing Destiny is the latest original Shadowrun anthology, featuring twenty-three original stories about this brand-new artifact introduced into the game universe. Featuring stories from Michael A. Stackpole, Jennifer Brozek, Chris A. Jackson, Lucy A. Snyder, Aaron Rosenberg, R.L. King, Russell Zimmerman, Josh Vogt, and Jason M. Hardy, and 14 more authors, these stories reveal how the Awakened Tarot will impact the Sixth World for better, and sometimes, for much worse…

eBook Availability
Drawing Destiny is available from the following eBook/PDF vendors:

Product in stock

Price: $4.99

Deniable Assets

Shadowrunner Katar Hawke knows the score on the streets. Every job is to be executed swiftly and simply—no muss, no fuss, and with as little help as possible. But when an extraction of a seemingly ordinary grad student from a Central American dig goes south in a big way, Hawke has to keep them both alive while he figures out what he’s stumbled into—and how to get out of it in one piece.

But nothing about this shadowrun is remotely ordinary. The student, Rachel Gordon, has unearthed an artifact linking the Sixth World and the long gone, magical Second World. The discovery sets off a lethal chain reaction of feuding megacorporations and cold-blooded killers who will do anything to get their hands on her and what she knows.

Caught in the hardest of hard places, Hawke must break his cardinal rule and assemble his own shadowrunning team to survive what’s coming at him. But in the end, it all comes down to one question: will he sell out Rachel to the highest bidder, or join her on a quest that could change the face of the Sixth World forever?

eBook Availability
Deniable Assets is available from the following eBook/PDF vendors:

Product in stock

Price: $12.95

Shaken (No Job Too Small)

Most folks see Puyallup as the worst Seattle’s got to offer; a tangled mess of metahumanity and greed, poverty and ghettoes, vice and corruption, where the crime is more organized than the government. They call it a Barrens, an armpit, a cesspool.

Jimmy Kincaid, though, calls it home. Walking the line between the shadows and the desperate light, semi-legit like only a Puyallup brat and former cop can be, he insists Puyallup has a heart and a soul, that it’s a place of life, magic, and starving hope. A former combat mage, now as burnt out as his neighborhood, he does what he can to police the worst excesses of the crime-riddled city he loves.

In the darkness of the Seattle Sprawl, what’s one more murder?

To Kincaid, it’s everything. He’s got a dead mentor, a hermetic group in need, and a mysterious file that might have been worth killing for. To unlock the data and get a little justice, he’ll face the worst the Sprawl has to offer, wading through blood, darkness, and a murderous web of lies.

It’s a good thing he’s got friends—in high and low places…

eBook Availability
Shaken (No Job Too Small) is available from the following eBook/PDF vendors:

Product in stock

Price: $12.95

Borrowed Time

JackPointer mage Winterhawk left the shadows at the top of his game: these days he indulges his curiosity about all things mysterious and magical on his own terms. But he’s about to discover that the shadows are hard to leave behind, and old enemies have their ways of drawing him back in.

Dosed with an exotic arcane poison that will kill him in days unless he retrieves a powerful magical artifact, ‘Hawk has to assemble a team fast and think even faster, because he’s not the only one tracking down the prize. His team is hardly the well-oiled machine he’s accustomed to: an old friend with major trust issues, an old rival who hates everything ‘Hawk stands for, a decker who annoys everyone he meets, a samurai who’s only in it for the money, and a gunslinger who may have her own agenda.

With his life on the line and the clock ticking fast, ‘Hawk must survive the mean streets of Los Angeles and the magical hells cape of the Australian Outback while keeping his mismatched team from imploding before they finish the job. But when the artifact is revealed to be far more than it seems, Winterhawk is forced to make a choice that could affect the lives of millions—to say nothing of his own.

eBook Availability
Borrowed Time is available from the following eBook/PDF vendors:

Product in stock

Price: $12.95

Crimson

The Sixth World is a dangerous place, with deadly hazards lurking around every corner. Everywhere shadowrunners go, from the top of the world to the deepest, darkest Sprawl neighborhood, someone’s always looking to make their rep by taking you down.

World of Shadows is the second anthology of original Shadowrun short stories, each one showcasing some of the most far-flung, treacherous locations around the world. From a scientific mission gone wrong in the snowy wilds of Russia to an AR nightclub in Morocco sheltering runners on the lam to a recovering runner drawn into a deadly web of intrigue in the darkest alleys of Hong Kong, these eighteen original short stories explore exotic settings far off the beaten path. Featuring stories by Michael A. Stackpole, Mel Odom, Jean Rabe, Aaron Rosenberg, Phaedra Weldon, Annie Bellet, Chris A. Jackson and many others, find out what happens when shadowrunners have to battle not only with ever-present threat of the corps and Mr. Johnson, but also the dangers of the very land they stand on.

eBook Availability
Crimson is available from the following eBook/PDF vendors:

Product in stock

Price: $12.95

Dark Resonance

Kazuma Tetsu is a technomancer—one of the rare people who can manipulate the Matrix without technology, using only the power of their mind. But he’s on a more personal mission—he’s searching for his missing sister, Hitori. Following her trail leads him into a tangled web of corp execs, mercenaries, and double-crossing rogues—usually just another day in the Sixth World.

But as Kazuma digs deeper, he uncovers a plot that could bring about the end of the world. Upon seeing a simulation of the Resonances Realms accessible to technomancers, an A.I. declares it will use the realms to ascend to a higher plane of consciousness. The intelligence’s goal seems impossible, until an imprisoned and manipulated group of technomancers accesses dissonance to open a gateway to a new realm—possibly the heaven the A.I. seeks. But opening this dissonant hole in the Matrix could trigger global disaster, and it’s up to a team of shadowrunners, including a couple of denizens of the fabled JackPoint, to free the trapped technomancers and stop the Dark Resonance before it destroys the entire Matrix—and worse …

eBook Availability 
Dark Resonance is available from the following eBook/PDF vendors:

Unable to find the novel at your local game store? Order direct:

Dark Resonance at BattleCorps.com

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Price: $12.95

Hell On Water

Six shadowrunners. Three mysterious packages. And twelve kilometers of a dangerous, dilapidated bridge across one of the wildest sprawls of the Sixth World.

It should be a simple job. Retrieve three sealed packages, then take them across the city of Lagos to their destination. All the runners’ skills will be tested—they’ll face ambushes, double-crosses, and more, and along the way they might be able to answer the question of just what’s in those packages, and why they’re so important.

The team has a lot on their side, including a street samurai who’s a legend on the streets, a hotshot rigger with a lot of enemies, a young shaman seeking justice, a decker with a dark secret, and a pair of pros from Seattle trying to keep up with everything the unfamiliar sprawl throws at them. But the deadly streets and sinister neighborhoods of Lagos contain their own unique dangers, and it’ll take every trick the runners know to complete their mission and escape the city in one piece…

eBook Availability 
Hell On Water is available from the following eBook/PDF vendors:

Product in stock

Price: $12.95

Fire & Frost

Arcano-archaeologist Elijah knows that digging into the past can be its own reward—or peril. When he’s hired to find an ancient map purported to lead to a mysterious location at the bottom of the world, his professional curiosity is more than roused. But his quest to simply get his hands on the map is more dangerous than he expected—even for a shadow runner.

He and his own team of runners—including everything from a goblin rigger to a troll street samurai—follow a murky trail that takes them from the ruins of Chicago to the jungles of Amazonia. Along the way, they discover that they’re not the only ones looking for this map—and that it may lead to a treasure even greater than anyone could have known. Elijah and his crew plan to get both the map and to its riches first—assuming they survive the very dangerous road trip to get there…

eBook Availability 
Fire & Frost is available from the following eBook/PDF vendors:

Unable to find the novel at your local game/book store? Order direct:

Fire & Frost

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Price: $12.95

Spells and Chrome

Welcome to the year 2072…

…And a world unlike anything you’ve ever imagined. A world where magic and machines exist side-by-side. Where cybernetics can replace organs or entire limbs with ease, and arcane spells can make the impossible happen. Where the Matrix has become an artificial world of its own, filled with all kinds of pleasure, treasure, and trouble. Where dwarves, elves, orks and trolls walk alongside humans every day. Some work for megacorporations whose invisible tentacles wrap around every aspect of modern life. Others choose a much less legal career, doing whatever dirty work the corp executives need done—for a price.

Welcome to Shadowrun

Featuring fifteen new stories about the men and women who make their living in the shadows of the Sixth World, Spells & Chrome takes you into the dark and dirty streets of the future. Whether risking their lives to execute a mission for an employer who might be planning to double-cross them anyway, or just doing whatever they need to do to survive another day, shadowrunners use everything they’ve got—cyberware, spells, or a very big gun—to get the job done.

eBook Availability 
Spells and Chrome is available from the following eBook/PDF vendors:

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Price: $4.99

 

54 Comments

  1. guy
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    how soon are we goin to see more e-novels? wolf and raven, run hard die fast, preying for keeps… just to name a few novels i want to see come. As well are we goin to see any new novels set in the current time line?

    • jhardy
      Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      @Guy: We’re working on both getting move e-novels out as well as some new ones.

    • guy
      Posted April 5, 2011 at 4:25 am | Permalink

      are we goin to see any before summer?

      • jhardy
        Posted April 5, 2011 at 4:51 am | Permalink

        @Guy: I can’t make any promises right now.

      • guy
        Posted April 6, 2011 at 4:17 am | Permalink

        DOH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Zeno
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I find it absolutely amazing that someone takes care of the classic Shadowrun books from Robert Charrette. For me his Shadowrun books are the best out there.

    Keep the good work up!

  3. FicFan
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    You guys should hire Winterhawk & Shapcano to write for you. They had some Frakkin awesome fan fiction, and are frankly the reason I still check this site occasionally.

    • jhardy
      Posted April 13, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      @FicFan: I’m always willing to listen to people who tell me they’re interested in writing!

      • Brian Pollard
        Posted May 31, 2011 at 7:46 am | Permalink

        I’m interested. I’ve had something I’ve been working on for QUITE some time, though I’d need to talk to someone re: an undeveloped part of CalFree that the first part of my story is set in, before I take it anywhere past where it is now.

        • Stefan
          Posted December 31, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

          Just a quick follow-up note to an earlier comment. I realize you are likely extremely busy, but I remain interested in hearing about how you work with authors. If there is a link or something you could send me, that would be greatly appreciated. I think the main issue is rights in the work. If you simply take rights equivalent to a co-author, then that’s great. However, if you were to insist on rights akin to a work-for-hire arrangement, then that’s less appealing.

      • Stefan
        Posted December 12, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

        I am also interested in learning about how authors collaborate with you to produce Shadowrun fiction. I have a project in mind, but don’t want to proceed without some idea of how the process works. Please contact me directly via email if possible.

    • Jrayray5
      Posted August 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      ‘Hawk does work for them, iirc.

  4. DC
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m interested. Any plans for accepting submissions of either short or long form fiction in the future?

  5. Rolf
    Posted May 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    What happened to Dark Resonance? I recently finished “Spells and Chrome”, which had an advert for Dark Resonance, but I can’t find any real info.

    The author’s page lists it as on “indefinite hold”. 🙁

    • jhardy
      Posted May 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      @Rolf: I’m trying to get fiction moving again–I’ll pass on word as soon as anything happens!

      • guy coble
        Posted June 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

        why!? Why?! Why, must we wait so long for more fiction!? Why must you torture us so!!!!? Please!!! give us more fiction to read!!!! 🙁

        • Rolf
          Posted June 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

          +1.

          I sadly do not have time to play the RPG any more, but I try to get my hands on any SR fiction that I can.

          I thought Spells and Chrome was overall pretty good (and had actual swear words for, I think, the first time in SR fiction history!) and was looking forward to Dark Resonance.

          • Janzir
            Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

            I think the swear words detracted from the story. Shadowrun has plenty of slang this is widely used and could have easily replaced it AND kept to the flavor of the setting more appropriately.

  6. guy coble
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    will we ever see more fiction?!

  7. guy coble
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    woohoo!!!!! books!!!!

  8. joern
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    As cool as it is too see Findley’s book back in eprint, as annoying it is to find his texts littered with dashes in the wrong places. It’s really not much fun reading like this.

  9. guy coble
    Posted July 23, 2011 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    patiently waiting…lies!!!!! i need more shadowrun!!!! i yurn for more runs in the shadows!!!! lol seriously though! when can we expect to see more fiction?!

  10. Martin A
    Posted September 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Anything happening on the fiction front?

    • jhardy
      Posted September 16, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

      Stay tuned … developments are developin’.

      • Rolf
        Posted November 7, 2011 at 7:41 am | Permalink

        Some kind of hint / timeline / anything? Is Dark Resonance finally coming out?

  11. Rolf
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Surely today of all days must be the day for an announcement? 🙂

  12. Blackwolf
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m wondering if and when we’re gonna see all – or as much as possible – of the SR fiction compiled. The “sidebars” in Street Legends has me wondering what the frag happened between 2072 and 2073 – like, I sorta knew Nadja was still alive.

    Ya know. That kinda stuff.

  13. Saoirse
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    It’s incredibly hip and new and boorish of me but may I suggest also checking Shadowrun (game/toy classification) on Facebook? They have been quite active lately and regularly make publishing announcements.
    More awesome fiction is always welcome!
    Stay alive, chummers.

  14. Martin A
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Anything? Please?

  15. guy coble
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    well, i’ve been waiting patiently for more fiction to come out… lies! please more fiction!!!!

  16. RDA
    Posted April 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Hey folks, I bought the Nigel Findley Omnibus last year (which, barring some typos, was awesome) and recommended it to a friend, but it’s not available for purchase in the USA anymore? Just curious as to the inside story on why that is?

    Keep up the good work! I have a feeling the “Shadowrun Returns” Kickstarter project is going to reenergize the community and hopefully bring some more chummers into the P&P game! 🙂

  17. Genesyn
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Any word on what the deal is with these for availability? None of them are available at Battlecorps or Amazon anymore 🙁

    • jhardy
      Posted April 29, 2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink

      There are some tangled issues to work through, but we hope they will return to availability before long.

  18. Martin A
    Posted May 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Will there be any fiction releases this year? And I mean real books, not e-books.

  19. Fernando
    Posted May 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Why are most of these Shadowrun books, not available for the kindle in the us?

    • Elmo
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

      Thet aren’t available anywhere at the moment.
      As jhardy said, there are some legal issues (I think) that need to be sorted first.
      Hopefully they will be sorted out soon.

  20. Bubba Zanetti
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    Wow, I’m really glad I own all the published SR novels… really hoping to see some in the 4e setting, with all the wireless stuff and AIs and technomancers and all the fun of 4th….

  21. Janzir
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Legal issues or no, there are plenty of people asking and looking forward to fiction. Perhaps some sort of update?

    • jhardy
      Posted June 5, 2012 at 2:32 am | Permalink

      I hope to have news about novellas in the near future!

      • Janzir
        Posted June 7, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink

        Thank you. Even a further note stating continue to be patient is better than nothing. Btw, Spells and Chrome is awesome!

  22. Haywire
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Any updates on the release of the older shadowrun books?

    • jhardy
      Posted July 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      Which books? Fiction or sourcebooks.

  23. Ben
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad Shadowrun is reemerging. It’s a very dear world to me, one I’d be most happy to see become real this December. Crossed fingers, chanting, “Come on dragon awakening!” I don’t see that happening, even though I’d love to become a physad, so I’m glad I can at least visit through other people’s imaginations. Still, Shapcano and Winterhawk’s stuff is as good as any of the pro novels and their free so I have hard time buying new ones. Though I had nearly all the old ones at one point. Now I’m not even sure why I bothered to write all this, just ignore me.

  24. guy coble
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    updates? Novellas? full books? anything would be appreciated

  25. Loorz
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    None of the links to your fiction prints works except Spells & Chrome. Have you discontinued these prints?

  26. Martin A
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Any fiction — real dead-tree books — coming soon?

  27. Guy
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see fifth edition source book out. Is there any word on the old fiction coming or better yet fiction set in the current time setting?

  28. Martin A
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    The tumbleweed is rolling down the abandoned street…

    Where are the promised novels? SPELLS & CHROME appeared and it is a fine book, even though it is a trade paperback whch looks bl**dy awful next to the rest of the series. There has been no response here since July 2012. Are you or are you not going to release any more dead-tree fiction?

  29. Guy
    Posted May 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    We need the fiction. I love the universe the game is set in. I don’t have the time, funds or a group to play the game. So, the fiction is the easiest way for to enjoy the SR universe. Any update no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.

    On a side note…has anyone from SR approached Jim Butcher about a possible novel in the setting? I think Mr Butcher would tear it up in this setting. Plus, having a New York best selling writer publishing a full novel in SR could only help the game sales.

    Sincerely,
    Guy

  30. guy
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Think y’all need to update this section of the page. 🙂 they’re are numerous short stories and a full novel available with more to come from what I understand. Is there a reason they haven’t been posted to this site?

  31. William Ross
    Posted April 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    If I had a story written out, how would I go about getting it published or made into an E-book? Any info or help would be much appreciated.

  32. Posted May 28, 2015 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    What about ‘Borrowed Time’ featuring that Winterhawk protagonist?

  33. Martin A
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Are there any release dates for (dead-tree editions of) the fiction line in 2017?

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