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From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi is a canon anthology of forty short stories by forty different authors in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. The book was published by Random House Worlds on August 29, 2023.

Publisher's summary[]

Celebrate the lasting impact of Return of the Jedi with this exciting reimagining of the timeless Star Wars film featuring new perspectives from forty contributors.

On May 25, 1983, Star Wars cemented its legacy as the greatest movie franchise of all time with the release of Return of the Jedi. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, forty storytellers re-create an iconic scene from Return of the Jedi through the eyes of a supporting character, from heroes and villains, to droids and creatures. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors and trendsetting artists:

Olivie Blake provides a chilling glimpse into the mind of Emperor Palpatine.

Saladin Ahmed recounts the tragic history of the rancor trainer.

Charlie Jane Anders explores the life and times of the Sarlacc.

Fran Wilde reveals Mon Mothma's secret mission to save the Rebel Alliance.

Mary Kenney chronicles Wicket the Ewok's quest for one quiet day on the forest moon of Endor.

Anakin Skywalker becomes one with the Force in a gripping tale by Mike Chen.

Plus more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from: Tom Angleberger, Kristin Baver, Akemi Dawn Bowman, Emma Mieko Candon, Olivia Chadha, Gloria Chao, Adam Christopher, Paul Crilley, Amal El-Mohtar, M. K. England, Jason Fry, Adam Lance Garcia, Lamar Giles, Max Gladstone, Thea Guanzon, Ali Hazelwood, Patricia A. Jackson, Alex Jennings, Jarrett Krosoczka, Sarah Kuhn, Danny Lore, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Kwame Mbalia, Marieke Nijkamp, Danielle Paige, Laura Pohl, K. Arsenault Rivera, Dana Schwartz, Tara Sim, Phil Szostak, Suzanne Walker, Hannah Whitten, Sean Williams, Alyssa Wong

To celebrate the launch of this book, Penguin Random House and Disney/Lucasfilm will each make donations to First Book—a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. In recognition of both companies' longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House will donate at least $100,000 worth of books to First Book and Disney/Lucasfilm will donate 100,000 children's books to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education.[2]


Title Author(s) Character(s)/Location(s)
"Any Work Worth Doing" Amal El-Mohtar[1] Tiaan Jerjerrod
"Fancy Man" Phil Szostak[1] Maximilian Rebo
"The Key to Remembering" Olivia Chadha[1] EV-9D9
"Fortuna Favors the Bold" Kwame Mbalia[1] Bib Fortuna
"Dune Sea Songs of Salt and Moonlight" Thea Guanzon[1] Jess
"The Plan" Saladin Ahmed[1] Malakili
"Reputation" Tara Sim[1] Boba Fett
"Kickback" K. Arsenault Rivera[1] Sion
"Everyone's a Critic" Sarah Glenn Marsh[1] Salacious B. Crumb
"Satisfaction"[4] Kristin Baver[1] Sy Snootles
"My Mouth Never Closes"[1] Charlie Jane Anders[1] Almighty Sarlacc
"Kernels and Husks" Jason Fry[1] Sim Aloo
"The Light That Falls" Akemi Dawn Bowman[1] Bright-Eyes
"From a Certain Point of View"[5] Alex Jennings[1] Obi-Wan Kenobi
"No Contingency"[1] Fran Wilde[1] Mon Mothma
"The Burden of Leadership" Danny Lore[1] Lando Calrissian
"Gone to the Winner's Circle" Patricia A. Jackson[1] Raab Krao
"One Normal Day"[1] Mary Kenney[1] Wicket Wystri Warrick
"Divine (?) Intervention" Paul Crilley[1] Logray
"The Buy-In" Suzanne Walker[1] Norra Wexley
"The Man Who Captured Luke Skywalker" Max Gladstone[1] Altadan Igar
"Ackbar" Jarrett Krosoczka[1] Gial Ackbar
"The Impossible Flight of Ash Angels" Marieke Nijkamp[1] Arvel Crynyd
"Ending Protocol" Hannah Whitten[1] RZ-440 "Riz"
"The Last Flight" Ali Hazelwood[1] Sila Kott
"Twenty and Out" Lamar Giles[1] Corr Lerrann
"The Ballad of Nanta" Sarah Kuhn[1] Nanta
"Then Fall, Sidious"[1] Olivie Blake[1] Emperor Palpatine
"Impact" Sean Williams[1] Kasva Jhoff
"Trooper Trouble" Laura Pohl[1] TK-423
"To the Last" Dana Schwartz[1] Firmus Piett
"The Emperor's Red Guards" Gloria Chao[1] Unidentified Red Guard
"Wolf Trap" Alyssa Wong[1] Hoyel
"The Extra Five Percent" M. K. England[1] Karie Neth
"When Fire Marked the Sky" Emma Mieko Candon[1] Wedge Antilles
"The Chronicler" Danielle Paige[1] Dora Mar
"The Veteran" Adam Lance Garcia[1] Dexter Jettster
"Brotherhood"[1] Mike Chen[1] Anakin Skywalker
"The Steadfast Soldier"[6] Adam Christopher[1] Enric Pryde
"Return of the Whills" Tom Angleberger[1] Unidentified Whill and another Whill


From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi was known as "Can't Get Fooled Again" during production.[7] The book was announced by StarWars.com on March 9, 2023.[1] A preview of the Obi-Wan Kenobi short story by Alex Jennings was read by Marc Thompson at San Diego Comic Con.[5]




Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 1.46 StarWars A Rebel Celebration on the Cover of From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi – Exclusive Reveal on StarWars.com (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 PenguinRandomHouse From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi (Star Wars) on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  3. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi to 4 ABY.
  4. TwitterLogo Laughing Place (@laughing_place) on Twitter: "For "From a Certain Point of View: #ReturnOfTheJedi," @KristinBaver will be writing about the character of Sy Snootles from the Max Rebo Band. Her story will be called "Satisfaction." #StarWarsCelebration" (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 YouTube Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away . . . | Panel | San Diego Comic-Con 2023 on the Penguin Random House YouTube channel (backup link)
  6. TwitterLogo Laughing Place (@laughing_place) on Twitter: ".@cavanscott will be writing about Enric Pryde, and that story is entitled "The Steadfast Soldier." #FromACertainPointOfView #ReturnOfTheJedi #StarWarsCelebration #LucasfilmPublishing" (backup link)
  7. PenguinRandomHouse Can't Get Fooled Again on Penguin Random House's official website (content now obsolete; backup link)

External links[]

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The Empire Strikes Back
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