t’s been a great year for Star Wars books -- and it’s not over yet!
From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back is less than a month away, and we’re getting a small taste of what’s to come in this nearly 600-page beast of a short story collection.
Like its predecessor, the anthology features 40 original stories set during events we all know and love, giving us a new perspective on an already-familiar story.
Now that we know the basic framework of each story and who’s writing each one, it’s only fair that we’ve been gifted a sample to hold us over until release day.
The following excerpt comes from “Faith in an Old Friend” by Brittany N. Williams, a first-time contributor to Star Wars publishing. If you like droids, and L3-37 happens to be one of your favorites, you’re going to love this one.
“Chewie, take the professor in the back and plug him into the hyperdrive.”
The Millennium Falcon’s computer watched Chewbacca drag the complaining C-3PO out of the cockpit and into the body of the ship. The audio sensors picked up the protocol droid’s rambling tirade but felt no need to follow the two on the cams.
RUDE, V5-T said.
Search results: Professor, chirped ED-4, a classification for a sentient being or droid who provides a high level of education. Updating vocabulary.
Yeah, but he is a little too chatty for my tastes, L3-37 said.
Search results: Chatty—a slang term meaning prone to excessive amounts of speaking. Updating vocabulary.
Still true, though. L3-37 would’ve shrugged here if it had been the old days. The days before she’d been uploaded to the Falcon and had become one of the three droid brains that made up the ship’s computer.
She’d built herself such good shoulders, too.
The ship rocked hard, sensors bleating then going silent as everything aboard the Falcon jostled back and forth. The Millennium Collective— as L3-37 had named their trio of consciousnesses—got to work. ED-4 scanned the exterior sensors while V5-T checked the interior systems and L3-37 cycled through all the cams and audio.
She spotted Chewbacca helping C-3PO stand upright again.
“I told you this asteroid was unstable,” the droid wailed, “but no one ever listens to—”
L3-37 switched to the next set of cams.
SYSTEMS CONTINUE TO FUNCTION AT SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT, said V5-T.
No further exterior damage detected, ED-4 said. Although the rear sensors are very—chatty.
L3-37 felt ED-4’s excitement at utilizing the new word but L3-37’s own confusion pushed itself forward. Chatty about what?
ELEVATED HEART RATES DETECTED IN THE COCKPIT, V5-T said.
The Collective shifted to the cam, bringing up the visual. Han held the woman, Leia, in his arms. L3-37 suspected what this meant. She remembered how Lando’s heart rate would change whenever they were in close proximity. Something like sadness shoved against her awareness.
Is this organic courtship? ED-4 said as they tuned in to the cockpit’s audio.
The Collective listened, and L3-37 was grateful for the distraction. That feeling reached ED-4, who sent a gentle nudge back.
L3-37 no longer had the body she’d spent so long building or the human partner she’d bonded with so deeply. But she wasn’t alone, and for that she was thankful.
“Captain, being held by you isn’t quite enough to get me excited,” Leia hissed.
Han pushed her to her feet. “Sorry, sweetheart. I haven’t got time for anything else.”
GROSS, V5-T said.
You can read the full excerpt on StarWars.com.
This week, StarWars.com also released the official cast of narrators for the FACPOV-ESB audiobook, with familiar voices such as Emily Woo Zeller, Marc Thompson, and Jon Hamm. The same day the physical book releases, you'll be able to hear the following narrator read its stories to you:
Sean Kenin Elias-Reyes
Emily Woo Zeller
For a complete list of recent and upcoming Star Wars book and comic releases, visit our regularly updated Release Schedule.