To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, Lucasfilm publishing will release an anthology book. The book will tell 40 stories in the Star Wars universe, from 43 different authors. Titled From A Certain Point of View, the anthology will contain stories from genre luminaries. Among the authors included are Nnedi Okorafor; Sabaa Tahir, Pierce Brown, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Ken Liu, Wil Wheaton, and Chuck Wendig. This is only a small sample of the many authors who featured in the book.
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Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View Gives Voices To Minor Characters
Each of these stories will explore the point of view of side characters in the original Star Wars trilogy. There are many authors contributing to this anthology. Some are established Star Wars writers like Claudia Gray, and Charles Soule who are both writing the delayed High Republic books. However there are many new voices lending their skills to the anthology. Several high-profile fantasy authors are also involved, many of them writing in the Star Wars universe for the very first time.
Nnedi Okorafor brings us an unlikely character study. Her story is about the monster in the trash compactor aboard the first Death Star. A story about Grand Moff Tarkin written by Pablo Hidalgo is also part of the anthology. Author Meg Cabot gives voice to Luke’s Aunt Beru in another character study. And another of Luke’s friends will get his own point of view of the first Death Star battle in Pierce Brown’s story about Biggs Darklighter. Wil Wheaton also tells a tale about the rebels left behind on Yavin IV in the aftermath of A New Hope.
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The announcement also teases a story from the perspective of Captain Wedge Antilles. His story will bridge the gap between Rogue One and A New Hope. Antilles is a favorite among the side characters in the Star Wars universe. Gary Whitta will bring us Wedge’s story, he was also the writer on the first draft of the Rogue One screenplay.
From A Certain Point Of View Everyone Is An Unreliable Narrator
The announcement from StarWars.com tell us the following about this new anthology.
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, this unique anthology features Star Wars stories by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from Star Wars’ literary history. Over 40 authors have lent their unique vision to 40 “scenes.” Each retelling a different moment from the original Star Wars film, but with a twist: every scene is told from the point of view of a seemingly minor character. Whether it’s the X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star. Or the stormtroopers who never did find the droids they were looking for. Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View places the classic movie in a whole new perspective celebrates the influence and legacy of the unparalleled cultural phenomenon, Star Wars.
The stories in the anthology are now part of the Star Wars canon. This is despite the fact that many of the stories contradict officially known canon. Lucasfilm says that this is intentional, and is part of the nature of the project. Any story always has multiple points of view subject to the narrator’s perspective and bias. Unreliable narrators are part of any large scale storytelling enterprise like Star Wars.
The Anthology Will Raise Money For Charity
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The writers in the anthology have apparently forgone compensation for their stories. The proceeds will instead be donated to the non-profit organization First Book. This company provides new books, learning materials, and essentials to educators serving children in need. Publisher Penguin Random House is also donating $100,000 to First Book. Disney and Lucasfilm will also donate 100,000 children’s books to support every child’s right to quality education.
Other authors who contributed to the anthology include the long list of the following. Ben Acker; Renée Ahdieh, Tom Angleberger, Ben Blacker, Jeffrey Brown, Rae Carson, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Paul Dini, Ian Doescher, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Fraction, Alexander Freed, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Christie Golden, E. K. Johnston, Paul S. Kemp, Mur Lafferty, Griffin McElroy, John Jackson Miller, Daniel José Older, Beth Revis, Madeleine Roux, Greg Rucka, Gary D. Schmidt, Cavan Scott, Elizabeth Wein, and Glen Weldon.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.