Del Rey Asks More Than 40 Authors To Look At A New Hope From A Certain Point Of View

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This morning Del Rey announced a new story anthology titled Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. The focus of the book, revealed on StarWars.com, will be to tell over 40 stores from background characters in A New Hope. This is a very unique idea, and a fun way to honor the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars. From the announcement:

In celebration of Star Wars' 40th anniversary, Del Rey is going to shine the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, coming October 2017, will bring together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope — from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.

So if you have a favorite cantina patron, or had a thought about what was going through the minds of the band as they played the same song over and over, or maybe even what the Tusken Raiders may have been thinking when Obi-Wan yelled and ran at them on Tatooine there will be a story in here for you. Personally I am hoping for a first person account from the stormtrooper who hit his head on the door in the Death Star. Here to tell us these stories is a fantastic list of authors, with more to be announced at a later date.

 

  • Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
  • Renee Ahdieh
  • Tom Angleberger
  • Meg Cabot
  • Rae Carson
  • Adam Christopher
  • Zoraida Cordova
  • Delilah S. Dawson
  • Paul Dini
  • Alexander Freed
  • Jason Fry
  • Christie Golden
  • EK Johnston & Ashley Eckstein
  • Paul Kemp
  • Mur Lafferty
  • Ken Liu
  • Griffin McElroy
  • John Jackson Miller
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Daniel José Older
  • Mallory Ortberg
  • Madeleine Roux
  • Gary D. Schmidt
  • Cavan Scott
  • Sabaa Tahir
  • Glen Weldon
  • Chuck Wendig
  • Gary Whitta

 

That is a pretty impressive list of talent, some familiar to Star Wars fans, some not. Curious to see what Paul Dini will cover as well.Another cool thing: they have all not taken a paycheck for the book either:

All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book — a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies' longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children's books — valued at 1 million dollars — to support First Book and their mission of providing educational resources to children in need. Over the past 16 years, Disney has donated more than 57 million books to First Book.

Some of you will also ask the inevitable question: where does this all fit into cannon?

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View will release in hardcover this October.

 

About Jeremy Konrad

Jeremy Konrad has written about collectibles and film for almost ten years. He has a deep and vast knowledge of both. He resides in Ohio with his family.

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