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Following in a grand tradition for Star Wars books, Del Rey, Lucasfilm, and Disney have announced a new 40-story anthology which will explore the stories of background characters from A New Hope.

Back in the old Expanded Universe books, this kind of ground was covered a lot by the “Tales From” series. Tales From Mos Eisley Cantina, Tales From Jabba’s Palace, and all the rest all did a similar thing, within a certain theme.

The new anthology is called Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and it will feature 40 different authors and stories. Not everyone involved had been named yet, but here’s who is named in the announcement:

  • Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
  • Renee Ahdieh
  • Tom Angleberger
  • Meg Cabot
  • Rae Carson
  • Adam Christopher
  • Zoraida Cordova
  • Delilah S. Dawson
  • Paul Dini
  • Alexander Freed
  • Jason Fry
  • Christie Golden
  • EK Johnston & Ashley Eckstein
  • Paul Kemp
  • Mur Lafferty
  • Ken Liu
  • Griffin McElroy
  • John Jackson Miller
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Daniel José Older
  • Mallory Ortberg
  • Madeleine Roux
  • Gary D. Schmidt
  • Cavan Scott
  • Sabaa Tahir
  • Glen Weldon
  • Chuck Wendig
  • Gary Whitta

Sale of the anthology will also benefit First Book, a charity that provides materials to teachers serving communities in need. The book will be out in October, but in the meantime, we can re-watch A New Hope and make guesses about what character/location/situation each author is going to tackle.