fter months without a break from new Star Wars book releases, we’re currently catching up on some Legends reading while we wait for the next Canon book to hit virtual shelves.

While we’re excited for The High Republic, there’s still one more novel set to release this year. It’s a short story anthology -- not the first of its kind in the Expanded Universe, but it’s still one of the most highly-anticipated books featuring Willrow Hood, space slugs, and a Wampa.

Like its predecessor, From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (we’re not typing that every time -- FACPOV-ESB will do) will contain 40 stories by 40 authors all focused on and around the events of The Empire Strikes Back.

Del Rey Books just announced which authors have written which stories. Here’s everything you need to know about the writers and characters you’ll meet next month.


From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes back cover
Credit: StarWars.com

1. “Eyes of the Empire” - Kiersten White

Kiersten White is the author of the Camelot Rising trilogy and the Slayer series. Her fantasy writing background makes her a perfect addition to the Star Wars author roster.

The first of 40 stories that make up FACPOV-ESB looks behind the eye of a probe droid to uncover who’s really behind the controls.

2. “Hunger” - Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro has published stories in various science fiction and fantasy anthologies and is the author of books such as Anger Is a Gift.

Have you ever wanted to know what a Wampa is thinking? Oshiro’s story will take you straight back to Hoth to do just that.

3. “Ion Control” - Emily Skrutskie

Emily Skrutskie is the author of The Bloodright trilogy, The Abyss Surrounds Us series, and Hullmetal Girls.

The FACPOV books have opened up the opportunity for characters who get only moments of screen time in the movies to shine. Toryn Farr is finally getting her own Star Wars story, and it will definitely be worth the long, long wait.

4. “A Good Kiss” - C.B. Lee

C.B. Lee has written books such as the Sidekick Squad series and Minecraft: The Shipwreck.

Hey, you know that guy who walks between Han and Leia during their argument in the tunnels on Hoth? This is his story.

5. “She Will Keep Them Warm” - Delilah S. Dawson

Delilah S. Dawson has made her name in the Canon era with incredible novels like Phasma and Black Spire.

Prepare yourself for a tauntaun-centric story that may or may not break your heart into a million frozen pieces.

Check out Delilah S. Dawson’s interview with The Living Force.

6. “Heroes of the Rebellion” - Amy Ratcliffe

Amy Ratcliffe has written several Star Wars books including Women of the Galaxy and The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Ratcliffe’s FACPOV-ESB story offers a glimpse on what happens when you decide to travel to Hoth and expect everything to go according to plan (spoiler alert: It does not go according to plan).

7. “Rogue Two” - Gary Whitta

Gary Whitta is best known in Star Wars publishing for his comic adaptions of The Last Jedi.

In Whitta’s FACPOV-ESB tale, Rogue Squadron has a very important mission: Find Luke Skywalker.

8. “Kendal” - Charles Yu

Charles Yu is the author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Third Class Superhero, and more.

Admiral Ozzel is a very unlucky Imperial officer, and Yu’s story gives us a glimpse inside his head … for the last time.

9. “Against All Odds” - R.F. Kuang

R.F. Kuang has written several books, including books in the popular The Poppy War series.

Everyone knows there’s not nearly enough Dak in the Expanded Universe. Hopefully this story will make up for that.

10. “Beyond Hope” - Michael Moreci

Michael Moreci has written multiple comics set in the Star Wars universe, including The Clone Wars: Battle Tales series.

Moreci’s story takes us straight into the freeze of the Battle of Hoth from one soldier’s point of view.

Check out Michael Moreci’s interview with The Living Force.

11. “The Truest Duty” - Christie Golden

Christie Golden is the famed writer of franchised series’ like StarCraft, Star Trek, World of Warcraft and of course Star Wars books such as Dark Disciple.

General Veers makes his grand return in Goldren’s FACPOV-ESB story.

12. “A Naturalist on Hoth” - Hank Green

Hank Green is the author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor. This is his first official addition to Star Wars lore.

And being the internet’s current favorite science guy, it’s only natural he would write a story about a scientist. Science -- but make it Star Wars!

13. “The Dragonsnake Saves R2-D2” - Katie Cook

Katie Cook has written for popular titles like My Little Pony, Star Wars, and Marvel. She’s also a comic artist.

In Cook’s FACPOV-ESB story, R2-D2 makes a new friend in an unlikely place.

14. “For the Last Time” - Beth Revis

Beth Revis has previously helped to expand the Star Wars universe by telling young Jyn Erso’s story in Rebel Rising.

Admiral Piett may not have much screen time in The Empire Strikes Back, but he gets his very own story in FACPOV-ESB.

15. “Rendezvous Point” - Jason Fry

In addition to writing The Last Jedi novelization, Jason Fry has authored multiple Star Wars children’s books.

Wedge Antilles stans, form up! Jason Fry couldn’t resist giving us more of one of the most beloved pilots in the galaxy.

16. “The Final Order” - Seth Dickinson

Sci-fi and fantasy. The two things that make Star Wars magical is what happens to be Seth Dickinson’s specialty.

The main characters in Dickinson’s FACPOV-ESB story will come face-to-face with a deadly asteroid field, and probably won’t make it out unscathed.

17. “Amara Kel’s Rules for TIE Pilot Survival (Probably)” - Django Wexler

Brand-new to the Star Wars publishing lineup, Django Wexler has previously written books in The Forbidden Library and The Shadow Campaigns series.

TIE fighter pilots are getting a lot of much-deserved attention lately. Of course one had to get some pages in this anthology.

18. “The First Lesson” - Jim Zub

Jim Zub is a writer and artist, known for comics such as Wayward and Skullkickers.

Luke Skywalker meeting Yoda on Dagobah is one of the most iconic scenes in Star Wars. It deserves its own story … from a Jedi Master’s point of view, of course.

19. “Disturbance” - Mike Chen

Mike Chen started his writing journey with humble beginnings by crafting fan fiction during his childhood and now writes for websites like The Mary Sue and Tor.com.

A fan-favorite villain returns in the next story in the anthology featuring Emperor Palpatine himself.

20. “This Is No Cave” - Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is the author of Minecraft: The End and books such as Space Opera and Deathless.

Even space slugs deserve space in Star Wars anthologies, so here’s a story about the one that almost ate the Millennium Falcon.

21. “Lord Vader Will See You Now” - John Jackson Miller

John Jackson Miller is most notable for writing Kenobi, one of the last books published before establishing Legends.

First Rae Sloane reappeared in Star Wars: Squadrons. Now we’re getting more of her in this FACPOV-ESB story -- you can never have too much Rae Sloane.

Check out John Jackson Miller’s interview with The Living Force.

22. “Vergence” - Tracy Deonn

Tracy Deonn is the author of Legendborn.

Deonn’s FACPOV-ESB story is told from the perspective of The Cave. Yes, that cave.

23. “Tooth and Claw” - Michael Kogge

Michael Kogge is notable in Star Wars publishing for his work on the sequel trilogy junior novelizations.

Bossk is back, and he’s not going to be happy when he finds himself fooled by his prey … again.

24. “STET!” - Daniel Jose Older

Next we welcome back Daniel Jose Older, author of Last Shot. He also published a story in A Certain Point of View (the first of these anthologies).

His FACPOV-ESB story features a journalist doing their best to profile a couple of bounty hunters, who can’t be easy to get straight answers out of.

25. “Wait For It” - Zoraida Cordova

You may recognizeZoraida Cordova’s writing in A Crash of Fate and The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark

Boba Fett continues the group of stories in this anthology featuring the bounty hunters you know and sometimes love to hate.

26. “Standard Imperial Procedure” - Sarwat Chadda

Sarwat Chadda has traveled the globe and has no doubt combined his personal experiences with his passion for action-packed adventure stories to fuel his own writing.

Chadda’s Star Wars debut features an Imperial who isn’t too fond of the bounty hunter called Boba Fett.

27. “There Is Always Another” - Mackenzi Lee

Mackenzi Lee is the author of the Montague Siblings series and Loki: Where Mishchief Lies, plus many more stories outside the Star Wars universe.

Even in death, Obi-Wan Kenobi can’t escape these dramatic, chaotic Skywalkers -- which is going to make a great story and give us the Kenobi content we’ve been craving.

28. “Fake It Till You Make It” - Cavan Scott

Cavan Scott is no stranger to Star Wars lore. He’s the author of stories such as Dooku: Jedi Lost and the Tales from Vader’s Castle comic miniseries.

We figured it would happen eventually -- a surprise to be sure, but we’re not complaining! Jaxxon is back in Scott’s brief FACPOV adventure.

Check out Cavan Scott’s interview with The Living Force.

29. “But What Does He Eat?” - S.A. Chakraborty

S.A. Chakraborty writes historical fantasy and speculative fiction through one-of-a-kind stories like The Daevabad Trilogy.

We eagerly welcome Chakraborty to the Star Wars Expanded Universe with a story about the cook responsible for preparing a meal for Darth Vader.

30. “Beyond the Clouds” - Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam Rivera is the author of Never Look Back, Dealing In Dreams, The Education of Margot Sanchez, and more.

Someone’s a little obsessed with Boba Fett (can relate?) -- so much so that she gets an entire story to tell us why.

31. “No Time For Poetry” - Austin Walker

FACPOV-ESB is not Austin Walker’s first anthology. He also has stories published in Videogames for Humans and Critical Hits: An Indie Gaming Anthology.

If you were hoping for more bounty hunter action, rejoice! Walker’s story focuses on Dengar and IG-88 as they fight for survival … so they can get paid, of course.

32. “Bespin Escape” - Martha Wells

Martha Wells is the author of The Murderbot Diaries series and has previously written in the Star Wars universe with Razor’s Edge.

Even if Ugnaughts aren’t your favorite species, you’re going to get plenty of them in this story that takes place during Lando’s evacuation order.

33. “Faith in an Old Friend” - Brittany N. Williams

Brittany N. Williams is an actress and a writer at Black Nerd Problems. This will be her first Star Wars story, and considering who shows up in it, it’s guaranteed to be great.

“Faith in an Old Friend” brings one of our favorite droids back into action - sort of. We’ve missed you, L3.

34. “Due on Batuu” - Rob Hart

Rob Hart is the author of the Ash McKenna series and books such as The Warehouse. He also wrote a novella titled The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella.

It’s the FACPOV-ESB story we’ve all been waiting for. That’s right -- someone finally wrote about Willrow Hood.

From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back collage by Youtini
Credit: Youtini

35. “Into the Clouds” - Karen Strong

Karen Strong is the author of Just South of Home. She also has a short story published in A Phoenix First Must Burn.

A Bespin girl dreams of becoming someone she’s not in Karen Strong’s Star Wars debut, sandwiched between a stormtrooper and a camtono.

36. “The Witness” - Adam Christopher

Adam Christopher is a nerdy fiction extraordinaire, and his first full-length Star Wars novel, an original Mandalorian novel, releases next year.

Christopher’s FACPOV-ESB story features a stormtrooper who finds themselves in the wrong place at the worst possible time.

37. “The Man Who Built Cloud City” - Alexander Freed

Alexander Freed has been with us since The Old Republic days and brought us Canon novels like Battlefront: Twilight Company.

Continuing our adventures on Cloud City, Freed uncovers an untold story from Lando Calrissian.

Check out Alexander Freed’s interview with The Living Force.

38. “The Backup Backup Plan” - Anne Toole

Anne Toole is known for comics such as issues of Horizon Zero Dawn, Halo, and Crystal Cadets.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the people on Bespin after the Falcon escaped? You don’t have to wonder anymore: This story will fill in all the details.

39. “Right-Hand Man” - Lydia Kang

Lydia Kang is the author of books such as A Beautiful Poison, Opium and Absinthe, and The Impossible Girl.

Medical droids deserve more credit than they’re given, which is why we’re getting a whole story about one in this anthology.

40. “The Whills Strike Back” - Tom Angleberger

Tom Angleberger is best known for Origami Yoda. He also has a story published in Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark.

The final story in FACPOV-ESB brings back the Guardians of the Whills as they continue their legacy of writing down all that occurs in the galaxy they call home.


From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back will be available on November 10, 2020. You can view our complete Book Profile for more details.

For a complete list of recent and upcoming Star Wars book and comic releases, visit our regularly updated Release Schedule.






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