UPDATE 6/15/2020:

Lucasfilm Publishing has revealed the full author list for The Empire Strikes Back: From a Certain Point of View. The 40 participating writers include Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda), S. A. Chakraborty (The Daevabad Trilogy), Mike Chen (A Beginning at the End), Adam Christopher (Seven Wonders), Zoraida Córdova (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – A Crash of Fate), Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: Phasma), Tracy Deonn (Legendborn), Seth Dickinson (The Traitor Baru Cormorant), Alexander Freed (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron), Jason Fry (Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Expanded Edition), Christie Golden (Star Wars: Dark Disciple), Hank Green (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing), Rob Hart (The Warehouse), E.K. Johnston (Star Wars: Ahsoka), Lydia Kang (Opium and Absinthe), Michael Kogge (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – A Junior Novel), R.F. Kuang (The Poppy War), C.B. Lee (Sidekick Squad), Mackenzi Lee (This Monstrous Thing), John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: A New Dawn), Michael Moreci (Roche Limit), Daniel José Older (Star Wars: Last Shot), Mark Oshiro (Each of Us a Desert), Amy Ratcliffe (Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy), Beth Revis (Across the Universe), Lilliam Rivera (Dealing in Dreams), Cavan Scott (Star Wars: Dooku – Jedi Lost), Emily Skrutskie (The Abyss Surrounds Us), Karen Strong (Just South of Home), Anne Toole (Crystal Cadets), Catherynne M. Valente (Space Opera), Austin Walker (Friends at the Table), Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries), Django Wexler (The Shadow Campaigns), Kiersten White (Paranormalcy), Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Brittany N. Williams (Black Nerd Problems), Charles Yu (How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe), and Jim Zub (Wayward).


“What I told you was true… from a certain point of view.” The Force ghost of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi spoke those immortal words to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, and several years ago they were used as the title for a short-story collection called Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, which retold events from the very first Star Wars film from the perspective of 40 of its background characters.

Now Lucasfilm Publishing has announced a follow-up anthology book entitled The Empire Strikes Back: From a Certain Point of View, which will carry that concept forward to the events and characters seen in 1980’s Episode V, which celebrated its 40th anniversary just last month.

What’s happening:

  • Lucasfilm Publishing has announced the new anthology book entitled The Empire Strikes Back: From a Certain Point of View, a follow-up to 2017’s Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View.
  • The book will contain 40 stories by 40 different authors in celebration of The Empire Strikes Back’s 40th anniversary, “reimagining the classic sequel through the eyes of background characters — heroes, villains, droids and creatures.”
  • Authors include Mike Chen, Emily Skrutskie, Karen Strong, Catherynne Valente, Mark Oshiro, Django Wexler, Kiersten White, Lilliam Rivera, Rob Hart, Jim Zub, and our friend Amy Ratcliffe. The full list of authors will be announced this coming Monday, June 16 at StarWars.com.

What they’re saying:

  • StarWars.com: “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.”

The Empire Strikes Back: From a Certain Point of View will be released on Tuesday, November 10.