Thursday, June 11, 2020

'From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back' Announced (Updated!)

By: Benjamin Hart

Back in 2017, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Lucasfilm released From a Certain Point Of View, an anthology book featuring 40 stories by 40 authors all focused on different background characters from the 1977 film. The book was a massive success, and since then many fans have been clamoring for a sequel based around another film.

Well, Lucasfilm listened and they have now announced the follow up book From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, which will give the same treatment to the fifth chapter of the Skywalker Saga. This book will also be celebrating The Empire Strikes Back's 40th anniversary, which is happening this year, and has enlisted 40 authors to write 40 unique stories about various characters with only limited screen time in the 1980 blockbuster. You can view the cover art for the book below:

While promises that more will be revealed about the book this upcoming Monday, including the full official list of authors, Twitter user @seh221 has managed to compile a nearly complete list of authors who individually tweeted about their involvement using the hashtag #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack.

UPDATE: Courtesy of the list below has been updated with the official complete list of authors, and a few even have descriptions of the stories they will be writing:

  • Austin Walker explores the unlikely partnership of bounty hunters Dengar and IG-88 as they pursue Han Solo.
  • Hank Green chronicles the life of a naturalist caring for tauntauns on the frozen world of Hoth.
  • Tracy Deonn delves into the dark heart of the Dagobah cave where Luke confronts a terrifying vision.
  • Martha Wells reveals the world of the Ugnaught clans who dwell in the depths of Cloud City. 
  • Mark Oshiro recounts the wampa’s tragic tale of loss and survival.
  • Seth Dickinson interrogates the cost of serving a ruthless empire aboard the bridge of a doomed Imperial starship.
  • Tom Angleberger
  • S.A. Chakraborty
  • Mike Chen
  • Adam Christopher
  • Zoraida Córdova
  • Delilah S. Dawson
  • Alexander Freed
  • Jason Fry
  • Christie Golden
  • Rob Hart
  • E. K. Johnston
  • Lydia Kang
  • Michael Kogge
  • R.F. Kuang
  • C.B. Lee
  • Mackenzi Lee
  • John Jackson Miller
  • Michael Moreci
  • Daniel José Older
  • Amy Ratcliffe
  • Beth Revis
  • Lilliam Rivera
  • Cavan Scott
  • Emily Skrutskie
  • Karen Strong
  • Anne Toole
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Django Wexler
  • Kiersten White
  • Gary Whitta
  • Brittany N. Williams
  • Charles Yu
  • Jim Zub
And as explains, all of the authors will be donating their stories to benefit the charity First Book:

"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 will donate $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm will donate 100,000 children’s books — valued at $1,000,000 — to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education."

You can pre-order From A Certain Point Of View: The Empire Strikes Back now by clicking here!


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