The Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View anthology celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars with 40 canon Star Wars short stories by 40 different authors.
Star Wars is all about stories, and so it seems appropriate to celebrate the saga’s 40th anniversary with a collection of new stories. 40 of them, to be exact, each written by a different author.
That’s what Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View will do: compile 40 brand new short stories to honor 40 years of Star Wars (via StarWars.com). Each story features a different background character – or, as StarWars.com puts it, “those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains” – from A New Hope.
Image Credit: Del Rey (cropped version via photo library Elaine Tveit)
To help accomplish this monumental storytelling task of telling 40 new Star Wars stories, Del Rey recruited 40 authors. Del Rey has not released all the authors’ names, but StarWars.com had a few to offer. Check them out below.
"Ben Acker & Ben BlackerRenee AhdiehTom AnglebergerMeg CabotRae CarsonAdam ChristopherZoraida CordovaDelilah S. DawsonPaul DiniAlexander FreedJason FryChristie GoldenEK Johnston & Ashley EcksteinPaul KempMur LaffertyKen LiuGriffin McElroyJohn Jackson MillerNnedi OkoraforDaniel José OlderMallory OrtbergMadeleine RouxGary D. SchmidtCavan ScottSabaa TahirGlen WeldonChuck WendigGary Whitta"
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A few of the above names will be familiar to Star Wars literature fans. E.K. Johnston, for example, wrote the young adult novel Ahsoka, published just last year. Delilah S. Dawson wrote two Star Wars short stories, and Jason Fry authored the middle-grade series Servants of the Empire. And Alexander Freed, Christie Golden, Paul S. Kemp, John Jackson Miller and Chuck Wendig each penned adult novels for Del Rey.
I’m most excited about the new authors in this list, the ones who haven’t written any canon Star Wars stories before this anthology. I even recognize a couple of them, like Sabaa Tahir, the author of the young adult series An Ember in the Ashes. Meg Cabot is also a familiar name, as she wrote The Princess Diaries series which was optioned into two movies by Disney.
I also note that some of the author names listed above are of diverse heritage. Once again, Star Wars is taking the lead in increasing diversity in their stories. Not just with characters, but with creators, as well.
Whatever genre or obscure Star Wars character you love, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View will have something for you. Pick up the anthology when it releases in hardcover format in October 2017,or pre-order it today here.