Coleman, Loren

November 28, 2017 Off By Lloyd Metcalf

Loren L. Coleman is a former member of the United States Navy and Founder of Catalyst Game Labs. He is a prolific Battletech author whose first novel was Double-Blind (1997); after several other Battletech books, he wrote the finale to FASA’s “Classic” era novels, Endgame (2002). Coleman came up with an idea to get a license to publish original and canon Battletech fiction set in the classic era, and to sell it via a subscription-based online website; Randall N. Bills, the Battletech line developer, was interested in Coleman’s idea for a new business. He is also one of the founders of InMediaRes, a company that he founded with Heather Coleman, Randall Bills, Tara Bills and Philip DeLuca in September 2002 with the intention of licensing Classic BattleTech fiction. This was accomplished in the fall of 2003 when WizKids agreed to grant IMR an exclusive license for publishing new, canon BattleTech fiction online. This was done through BattleCorps.com, which was launched in August 2004. In 2005, InMediaRes announced its intention to create a similar website for Shadowrun, Holostreets. Coleman announced on April 20, 2007 that InMediaRes was in negotiations to acquire the licenses for Classic BattleTech and Shadowrun from WizKids as Fantasy Productions’ license was set to expire. In June 2007, InMediaRes created the Catalyst Game Labs imprint from which to publish their Shadowrun, and Classic BattleTech licensed properties, as well as other material which could be produced or licensed at a later date.  In early 2010s, he began writing The ICAS Files series, a science fiction short-stories.