“Indeed, true power resides not in armies and empires, or in blasters and ancient weapons of light, but in the tales we share with one another.”
They’re fun-sized versions of the tales we know and love, a great way to get your fix when you don’t quite have the time, and a haven for characters who don’t usually get their chance in the spotlight.
Short stories offer so much for you to enjoy no matter what aspect of the Star Wars saga tickles your fancy.
Don’t be fooled by the width of a few small pages. Many anthologies are written by talented authors, some already well-known and some who use this chance to prove their worth. These writers don’t skimp on the details just because there’s less room to work with. Every story is treated with special care and that’s why we gladly welcome these collections on our prized bookshelves.
Rae Carson, Zoraida Córdova, and Daniel José Older all took their first steps into the Star Wars publishing world through From a Certain Point of View. Since then, they have written incredible full-length novels such as Most Wanted, A Crash of Fate, and Last Shot.
Reading their original short stories is like catching a glimpse of their transcendence into a larger world, and many more authors will continue to find their way to this galaxy through the same means as their predecessors.
It’s safe to say that these precious little adventures are in good hands, but what’s even more to love about Star Wars short stories? The focus of these narratives is nearly a free-for-all. Not enough Dengar in your life? Well you’re in luck. Want to hear the sentient thoughts of a giant space slug? Yes, someone actually wrote about that. Did you know R5-D4 blew himself up on purpose so Artoo could fulfill his mission to the princess? There’s a story that explains that, too.
Just like the book collections featured on our very own website, these anthologies typically follow a certain theme. The stories found within may seem a bit bizarre and even outlandish at times, but they’re still written with a purpose intended to give the reader something they would never be able to witness otherwise.
How would you like to take a special trip to the Mos Eisely cantina, or indulge yourself in the luxuries at Canto Bight just to hear unique tales from the locals? Maybe you have a peculiar interest in bounty hunters, or just love a particular film in the original Star Wars trilogy. No matter your niche, there is an anthology waiting for you.
The next time you’re looking for a gateway to a good night’s sleep or have some other reason to kill a few spare minutes, reaching for one of these treasured compilations is surely the way to go. You never know what you’re going to find but that’s the fun of it all.
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.
The first iteration of this tubular collab was so well-received that readers were eagerly anticipating its sequel. The From a Certain Point of View series welcomes so many new authors to the Star Wars Expanded Universe in a way that allows them to extend their reach to other parts of the galaxy while also treating us with stories from well-known authors of the beloved franchise. To all of the new contributors making their debut in this book, we will be watching your career with great interest.
Part of the publishing program in preparation for The Last Jedi, Canto Bight comprises four novellas focusing on various characters in the casino city to be featured in the film. This book, while not essential for viewing The Last Jedi as opposed to other
Saladin Ahmed wrote his first Star Wars story, “Rules of the Game.” It sees Kedpin Shoklop, the unassuming red-skinned cyclops-like Wermal character from the film, on vacation to Cantonica but who quickly ends up in a mess of trouble.
Mira Grant’s one and only Star Wars story, “The Wine in Dreams” where mysterious sisters attempt a heist for a priceless bottle of wine for their deep-pocketed master.
Up-and-coming Star Wars writer, Rae Carson (Most Wanted, Rise of Skywalker novelization), writes “Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing.” The story is about Lexo Sooger, Canto Bight’s finest masseur, who has access to secrets of his prestigious clients. A notorious gangster kidnaps his daughter in demand for the secrets he desires.
Finally, renowned writer John Jackson Miller lends his experience to the stable of writers with “The Ride.” He focuses on a professional gambler named Kal who falls on hard times until he meets three frog-like lucky gambling brothers, Dodi, Thodi, and Wodi.
When looking for a good bedtime story, this anthology will be the first book you reach for. Each epic tale radiates magic and wonder that’s sure to give you the sweetest dreams. Are these legends true? That depends on how far you’re willing to believe.
Follow the success of his popular Myths and Fables short story collection, George Mann is back with another exciting, albeit chilling, entry into the EU. Dark Legends is a fascinating collection of stories featuring the spooky, scary, and downright creepy corners of the galaxy we all know and love.
Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark is a fresh take on the animated series that has become a often-binged staple of Star Wars fans young and old. A talented stable of authors has adapted iconic episodes and story-arcs for inclusion in this anthology. Some are from a different character’s perspective from what we see in the tv show: the Senate hostage crisis is told from Anakin’s point of view rather than Padmé’s, for example. Other stories are told in a first-person-POV so as to lend a heavily-stylized slant to the familiar story. This is at the same time interesting, entertaining, and surprising—especially when we get inside the mind of a character such as Count Dooku! Plus, it includes one original story written exclusively for inclusion in this collection. Great for Clone Wars fans or for young readers looking to get started with Star Wars books.
From the infamous Boba Fett to the pitiful Malakili, Tales from Jabba's Palace has a story for everyone. The "Tales from..." collections are classic Legends adventures, taking the reader on a roller coaster of emotions as the short stories range from wacky to thrilling to bizarre! Tales from Jabba's Palace is no exception, featuring an incredible cast of Legends authors.
Since their debut in Empire Strikes Back, bounty hunters have taken the Star Wars fandom by storm with costumes and figurines expressing their love for the popular space profession. If you fit in with those fans and your favorite characters include Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88, or dare I say, Dengar, then you will find plenty of joy in this timeless classic.
Pulling together many of the most well-renowned Star Wars authors of the day, Kevin J. Anderson edited this compilation of the stories of the patrons of the infamous wretched hive of scum and villainy. It’s truly a wild tale disparate creatures and characters, humor and horror, triumph and tragedy. It kickstarted a series of five similar collections of short stories that spanned throughout the late ‘90s and stands out as one of the early examples of the EU doing exactly that—expanding the universe.
Another massive mid-90s collaboration of Star Wars storytelling is Tales from the Empire. Enlisting many notable authors including Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole, Tales from the Empire features fan-favorite Legends characters Talon Karrde, Mara Jade, Corran Horn, and Boba Fett!
With a new era comes more grand adventures. Each story in this collection is told from the perspective of an inhabitant of the New Republic which was brought to life from the destruction of the second Death Star and the majority of the Empire along with it. Pick up Tales From the New Republic for a glimpse into the New Republic’s impact on the galaxy.
The Lost Tribe of the Sith was formed in 5000 BBY. The cult had spent thousands of years hiding on the planet Kesh to build up their numbers in preparation for their triumphant return to the known galaxy. Shortly after the Second Galactic Civil War (41 ABY), they were discovered by a Sith Meditation Sphere named Ship who informed the tribe of the Jedi’s rise to power. Determined to keep the Sith legacy strong, the Lost Tribe sets out to eliminate Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker.