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From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars) (original 2017; edition 2020)

by Seth Dickinson (Autor)

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When Star Wars: A New Hope was first released in 1977, part of its appeal was that the world it presented felt alive. Landspeeders and starships were dirty. Droids broke down. And it was filled with cool, weird, and really weird background characters. (Really, just take a look around the Mos Eisley cantina.) Never mind Han, Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan. Who were these other guys? What was their story? Just seeing them brought up questions for fans that sparked the imagination. In celebration of Star Wars' 40th anniversary, this book shines the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, brings 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. There's never been a Star Wars book like it!… (more)
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From a Certain Point of View: 40 Stories Celebrating 40 Years of Star Wars by Elizabeth Schaefer (Editor) (2017)

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Consistently good stories. The imagined details aren’t always consistent from story-to-story, (one assumes there aren’t enough pilots, another assumes there aren’t enough starships.). But the quality of writing is good and the authors' understanding and appreciation of the universe are apparent in every word. ( )
  suzannekmoses | May 20, 2022 |
As is inevitable, some of the 40 stories aren’t as good as you might expect, and some of them lack some pace, but a massive amount of them are brilliant, evocative and immersive. Well worth a listen, fun, at times tragic, exciting, pulp-ish, intriguing, mysterious, adventurous, and daring. In fact all the things Star Wars should be! Looking forward to Empire Strikes Back. ( )
  aadyer | Mar 5, 2022 |
3.5 ( )
  bardbooks | Nov 11, 2021 |
As with all anthologies, some stories are stronger than others. Unfortunately here, the strong didn't outweigh the weak (in my opinion). ( )
  bookwyrmqueen | Oct 25, 2021 |
This book celebrated the 40th anniversary of Star Wars in 2017 with a collection of 40 original short stories by 43 authors. Each story is told from the perspective of a different character in the Star Wars universe, hence the title cribbing Obi-Wan's famous line "From a certain point of view." The authors include a lot of well-known writers such as Rae Carson, Claudia Gray, Chuck Wendig, Wil Wheaton, Elizabeth Wein, Jeffrey Brown, Kieron Gillen, Nnedi Okorafor, Jason Fry, and Greg Rucka. I suspect that if you are a bigger fan of science fiction/fantasy writing, you will recognize even more of the authors!

No character is too small to be a point of view character, thus there are tales told by droids, Jawas, Tusken raiders, bounty hunters, rebels of various ranks, stormtroopers, Imperial officers, a numerous other sentient beings. A few bigger characters including Greedo, Obi-Wan, and Biggs get their stories as well as characters like Yoda, Palpatine, and Lando Calrissian who don't even appear in the movie! Perhaps the strangest story of all is "Of MSE-6 and Men" by Glen Weldon, told from the perspective of a Death Star mouse droid and written in some kind of machine language, that tells the story of an ill-fated romance between a storm trooper and Grand Moff Tarkin.

Some stories are better than others, and I like it when the author takes a small character and builds a whole world around their life before and after their appearance in the film's narrative. Other stories are less successful because they basically just have the scenes and dialogues repeated from the movie interspersed with the thoughts of the point of view character. The stories are arranged in sequence to the movie's plot and things really get bogged down with five different stories about characters in the Mos Eisley cantina, and again during the Battle of Yavin.

Some of my favorite stories include:

  • "The Sith of Datawork" by Ken Liu, about an Imperial bureaucrat who is able to fix things in the records for the gunnery captain who failed to shoot at an escape pod.

  • "Laina" by Wil Wheaton, which tells of a widowed rebel sending his young daughter away for her safety in a story which packs a lot of emotional punch.

  • "An Incident Report" by Daniel M. Lavery, in which Admiral Motti files a formal complaint against Darth Vader for force choking him.

  • "The Baptist" by Nnedi Okorafor is a life account of Omi, the creature that grabs Luke in the trash compactor.

  • "Time of Death" by Cavan Scott details Obi-Wan's experience of joining with the Force immediately after his death.


I get why they wanted to go with 40 stories for the 40th anniversary, but this book could be improved with some judicious pruning. Nevertheless, this is a fun book and I'm sure Star Wars fans will find something in it they like. ( )
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Schaefer, ElizabethEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Acker, BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahdieh, RenéeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Angleberger, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blacker, BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, PierceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cabot, MegContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carson, RaeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Córdova, ZoraidaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christopher, AdamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dawson, Delilah S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DeConnick, Kelly SueContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dini, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doescher, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eckstein, AshleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fraction, MattContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freed, AlexanderContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Soule, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Wein, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weldon, GlenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wendig, ChuckContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wheaton, WilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Whitta, GaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eckstein, AshleyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Maarleveld, SaskiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Monda, CarolNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Thompson, MarcNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When Star Wars: A New Hope was first released in 1977, part of its appeal was that the world it presented felt alive. Landspeeders and starships were dirty. Droids broke down. And it was filled with cool, weird, and really weird background characters. (Really, just take a look around the Mos Eisley cantina.) Never mind Han, Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan. Who were these other guys? What was their story? Just seeing them brought up questions for fans that sparked the imagination. In celebration of Star Wars' 40th anniversary, this book shines the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, brings 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. There's never been a Star Wars book like it!

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  • Raymus / Gary Whitta
  • The bucket / Christie Golden
  • The Sith of datawork / Ken Liu
  • Stories in the sand / Griffin McElroy
  • Reirin / Sabaa Tahir
  • The red one / Rae Carson
  • Rites / John Jackson MIller
  • Master and apprentice / Claudia Gray
  • Beru Whitesun Lars / Meg Cabot
  • The luckless Rodian / Renée Ahdieh
  • Not for nothing / Mur Lafferty
  • We don't serve their kind here / Chuck Wendig
  • The Kloo Horn Cantina caper / Kelly Sue DeConnick ; Matt Fraction
  • Added muscle / Paul Dini
  • You owe me a ride / Zoraida Córdova
  • The secrets of long snoot / Delilah S. Dawson
  • Born in the storm / Daniel José Older
  • Laina / Wil Wheaton
  • Fully operational / Beth Revis
  • An incident report / Mallory Ortberg
  • Change of heart / Elizabeth Wein
  • Eclipse / Madeleine Roux
  • Verge of greatness / Pablo Hidalgo
  • Far too remote / Jeffrey Brown
  • The trigger / Kieron Gillen
  • Of MSE-6 and men / Geln Weldon
  • Bump / Ben Acker ; Ben Blacker
  • End of watch / Adam Christopher
  • The Baptist / Nnedi Okorafor
  • Time of death / Cavan Scott
  • There is another / Gary D. Schmidt
  • Palpatine / Ian Doeschler
  • Sparks / Paul S. Kemp
  • Duty roster / Jason Fry
  • Desert son / Pierce Brown
  • Grounded / Greg Rucka
  • Contingency plan / Alexander Freed
  • The angle / Charles Soule
  • By whatever sun / E.K. Johnston ; Ashley Eckstein
  • Whills / Tom Angleberger
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