In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, next month we will be getting a collection of short stories from Del Rey like we did with A New Hope, as From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back releases on November 10!
I absolutely loved the last one, and so I’m incredibly excited for this! These books basically tell 40 different short stories, written by 40 different authors, from the point of view of 40 supporting characters from the film, both good and evil (and everywhere in-between).
Del Rey today on Twitter revealed the full list of stories that will be told, and there are a lot of really exciting ones. Some of the ones I’m most excited about:
General Veers in “The Truest Duty” by Christie Golden:
Of course, Yoda also appears, in “The First Lesson” by Jim Nub:
So does Palpatine, in “Disturbance” by Mike Chen:
And RAE SLOANE (!) in “Lord Vader Will See You Now” by John Jackson Miller:
The Cave on Dagobah gets its say too, in “Vergence” by Tracy Deonn:
Plenty of bounty hunter stories will also appear, such as…
Bossk in “Tooth and Claw” by Michael Kogge:
Boba Fett in “Wait for It” by Zoraida Cordova:
Dengar and IG-88 in “No Time for Poetry” by Austin Walker:
We also get a story from the perspective of Obi-Wan Kenobi as a Force spirit, in “There is Always Another” by Mackenzi Lee:
L3-37 also returns in “Faith in an Old Friend” by Brittany N. Williams:
In maybe the most obvious of all characters to include in a book like this, Willrow Hood’s story is told in “Due on Batuu” by Rob Hart:
The cook who has to prepare the meal for Darth Vader on Cloud City also gets to share, in “But What Does He Eat?” by S.A. Chakraborty:
The medial droid appears in the best-named story, “Right-Hand Man,” by Lydia Kang:
And yes, even Jaxxxon shows up, in “Fake It Till You Make It,” written by Cavan Scott:
It probably feels like I’ve spent way too much time posting these, but I’ve actually only mentioned 14 of the 40 stories!!! These are some of the ones that I’m most interested in, but certainly not all of them – I’m really excited to see these unique perspectives on Empire, and I think the lineup of authors and stories is fantastic. There are some obvious inclusions and some surprises, and I can’t really think of any glaring omissions.
I can’t wait for this!