I have a responsibility to make this feel as epic and as notable and as real as anything that I experienced with Star Wars. The stories that meant so much to me, this should mean as much to anybody else.
Since he began writing in a galaxy far, far away with 2015’s Lando miniseries for Marvel Comics, Soule has written some of the most monumental, galaxy-altering, jaw-dropping stories to hit the shelves.
“I think the easiest way to distill the way I approach telling a Star Wars story is to not approach it as fiction,” Charles Soule said in an interview with What the Force. “I approach every opportunity I have to write a Star Wars story I write as part of an overarching history, or mythology. . . I try to make sure everything I write feel like it is part of the history of the Roman Empire, or World War II, or things that actually happened. Because, the way I grew up, Star Wars was real to me, as real as any historical narrative you could name. I have a responsibility to make this feel as epic and as notable and as real as anything that I experienced with Star Wars. The stories that meant so much to me, this should mean as much to anybody else.”
And his stories have done exactly that.
With his first full-length prose Star Wars novel coming with The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, Soule is taking his first step into a larger world—and we couldn’t be more excited! He has cemented his legacy as among the greatest Star Wars writers of all time with his work for Marvel Comics—writing the cataclysmic titles like The Rise of Kylo Ren and Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith. His work brings tremendous gravitas and gut wrenching tragedy in a way that is virtually unparalleled in tie-in fiction.
His understanding of Star Wars as a tragic mythology certainly comes through on the page as he steps out on limbs that make us say “Can he do that?!” time and time again.
A truly unique and heroic feat in Star Wars publishing, From a Certain Point of View is a compilation of forty short stories by more than forty incredible authors to retell the story of A New Hope in celebration of its fortieth anniversary. Not only did Del Rey assemble a massive team consisting of their catalog of regular Star Wars writers such as Chuck Wendig, John Jackson Miller, and Claudia Gray, they managed to rope in many award-winning authors to pen their first stories in a galaxy far, far away. Such authors include Ken Liu, Sabaa Tahir, Zoraida Córdova, and Rae Carson. All of the book’s authors donated their pay to First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy.
The stories represent the points of view of many of the notable side characters from A New Hope, such as Wedge Antilles, Greedo, and Grand Moff Tarkin. But they don’t stop there. The book benefits from forty years of expanding the Star Wars universe, and as such many characters not originally in the original film provide perspective in creative ways–Lando Calrissian, Yoda, Breha Organa, and even Qui-Gon Jinn! It is a compilation not only of characters and authors, but also styles and tones. At times heartbreaking, hilarious, and head-scratching. Some stories will connect differently with different readers. It certainly has something for everyone and is a remarkable read.