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From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back is a book published by Del Rey. It features forty stories set during the period of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back to celebrate the film's 40th anniversary.[4] The forty stories' main characters were revealed on October 6, 2020.[7] The title's audiobook version was performed by a variety of narrators.

Publisher's summary[]

Celebrate the legacy of The Empire Strikes Back with this exciting reimagining of the timeless film featuring new perspectives from forty acclaimed authors.

On May 21, 1980, Star Wars became a true saga with the release of The Empire Strikes Back. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, forty storytellers re-create an iconic scene from The Empire Strikes Back 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:

  • Austin Walker explores the unlikely partnership of bounty hunters Dengar and IG-88 as they pursue Han Solo.
  • Hank Green chronicles the life of a naturalist caring for tauntauns on the frozen world of Hoth.
  • Tracy Deonn delves into the dark heart of the Dagobah cave where Luke confronts a terrifying vision.
  • Martha Wells reveals the world of the Ugnaught clans who dwell in the depths of Cloud City.
  • Mark Oshiro recounts the wampa's tragic tale of loss and survival.
  • Seth Dickinson interrogates the cost of serving a ruthless empire aboard the bridge of a doomed Imperial starship.

Plus more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from: Tom Angleberger, Sarwat Chadda, S.A. Chakraborty, Mike Chen, Adam Christopher, Katie Cook, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah S. Dawson, Alexander Freed, Jason Fry, Christie Golden, Rob Hart, Lydia Kang, Michael Kogge, R. F. Kuang, C. B. Lee, Mackenzi Lee, John Jackson Miller, Michael Moreci, Daniel José Older, Amy Ratcliffe, Beth Revis, Lilliam Rivera, Cavan Scott, Emily Skrutskie, Karen Strong, Anne Toole, Catherynne M. Valente, Django Wexler, Kiersten White, Gary Whitta, Brittany N. Williams, Charles Yu, Jim Zub

All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book—a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies' longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House will donate $100,000 to First Book and Disney/Lucasfilm will donate 100,000 children's books—valued at $1,000,000—to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education.[8]


Title Author(s) Character(s)/Location(s)
"Eyes of the Empire"[9] Kiersten White[1] Maela[9]
"Hunger"[10] Mark Oshiro[1] Wampa[10]
"Ion Control"[11] Emily Skrutskie[1] Toryn Farr[11]
"A Good Kiss"[12] C.B. Lee[1] Chase Wilsorr[13]
"She Will Keep Them Warm"[14] Delilah S. Dawson[1] Murra[14]
"Heroes of the Rebellion"[15] Amy Ratcliffe[1] Corwi Selgrothe[15]
"Rogue Two"[16] Gary Whitta[1] Zev Senesca[16]
"Kendal"[17] Charles Yu[1] Kendal Ozzel[17]
"Against All Odds"[18] R.F. Kuang[1] Dak Ralter[18]
"Beyond Hope"[19] Michael Moreci[1] Emon Kref[19]
"The Truest Duty"[20] Christie Golden[1] Maximilian Veers[20]
"A Naturalist on Hoth"[21] Hank Green[1] Kell Tolkani[1]
"The Dragonsnake Saves R2-D2"[22] Katie Cook[2] Dragonsnake[22]
"For the Last Time"[23] Beth Revis[1] Firmus Piett[23]
"Rendezvous Point"[24] Jason Fry[1] Wedge Antilles[24]
"The Final Order"[25] Seth Dickinson[1] Captain Canonhaus[1]
"Amara Kel's Rules for TIE Pilot Survival (Probably)"[26] Django Wexler[1] Amara Kel[26]
"The First Lesson"[27] Jim Zub[1] Yoda[27]
"Disturbance"[28] Mike Chen[1] Darth Sidious[28]
"This Is No Cave‎"[29] Catherynne M. Valente[1] Sy-O[29]
"Lord Vader Will See You Now"[30] John Jackson Miller[1] Rae Sloane[30]
"Vergence"[31] Tracy Deonn[1] Cave of Evil[1]
"Tooth and Claw"[32] Michael Kogge[1] Bossk[32]
"STET!"[33] Daniel José Older[1] 4-LOM and Zuckuss[34]
"Wait for It"[35] Zoraida Córdova[1] Boba Fett[35]
"Standard Imperial Procedure"[36] Sarwat Chadda[2] Carl Ashon[37]
"There Is Always Another"[38] Mackenzi Lee[1] Obi-Wan Kenobi[38]
"Fake It Till You Make It"[39] Cavan Scott[1] Jaxxon[39]
"But What Does He Eat?"[40] S.A. Chakraborty[1] Torro Sbazzle[41]
"Beyond the Clouds"[42] Lilliam Rivera[1] Isabalia
"No Time for Poetry"[43] Austin Walker[1] Dengar & IG-88[1]
"Bespin Escape"[44] Martha Wells[1] Lonaste[1]
"Faith in an Old Friend"[45] Brittany N. Williams[1] L3-37[45]
"Due on Batuu"[46] Rob Hart[1] Willrow Hood[46]
"Into the Clouds"[47] Karen Strong[1] Jailyn Cirri[48]
"The Witness"[49] Adam Christopher[1] Deena Lorn[49]
"The Man Who Built Cloud City"[50] Alexander Freed[1] Yathros Condorius the First[50]
"The Backup Backup Plan"[51] Anne Toole[1] Tal Veridian[51]
"Right-Hand Man"[52] Lydia Kang[1] 2-1B[53][54]
"The Whills Strike Back"[55] Tom Angleberger[1] The Whills[56]



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Originally, E. K. Johnston was listed as an author,[1] but she did not contribute to the book due to family obligations.[59]


Notes and references[]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "The final roster of 40 authors for #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack is here! And we're so pleased to welcome the final two brilliant and wonderful contributors to this anthology: Katie Cook, Sarwat Chadda. The book is up for preorder in all formats and is on-sale Nov 10th." (backup link)
  3. TwitterLogo Star Wars Books (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "There's one more thing left to say. We're indebted to @christrevas for all of his amazing work creating art for #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack. That art appears on these social cards, but also inside the book as well." (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 StarWars Empire at 40 | Check Out the Cover of From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back on StarWars.com (backup link)
  5. TwitterLogo Star Wars Books (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "Big news. Today we've put all the finishing touches on #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack. 576 pages of awesome #StarWars stories coming your way Nov 10th! Which means it is time to start planning some fun story reveals for the near future (we'll keep you posted)." (backup link)
  6. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, which this book adapts, in 3 ABY.
  7. TwitterLogo Star Wars Books (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "Tomorrow. Tuesday, Oct 6th. 40 authors. 40 stories. 40 social cards. Character reveals, scenes, story order, and more! Discover all the tales inside #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack, coming Nov 10th. Hang out with us, right here, starting Tues morning (est)." (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 PenguinRandomHouse From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars) on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link) (Hardcover)
  9. 9.0 9.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "1 - Imperial probe droids scour the galaxy, searching for the hidden rebel base. Who exactly is watching? And what else might they discover in service of the Empire? @kierstenwhite #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "2- Did you ever hear the tragedy of the wampa on Hoth? @MarkDoesStuff #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "3 - Toryn Farr takes center stage, finally. @skrutskie #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  12. TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "Some people on Hoth aren't heroes. Some people on Hoth don't get to stand around flirting with their crush. Some people on Hoth have an actual job to do. @cblee_cblee #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  13. TwitterLogo C.B. Lee (@cblee_cblee) on Twitter: "MEET CHASE WILSORR. kitchen boy. caf runner. box carrier. absolute disaster. look at him, he's so tired. who's gonna give HIM a good kiss? #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack thank you @DelReyStarWars for the chance to tell this delightful story!" (backup link)
  14. 14.0 14.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "5 - We're not crying over tauntauns. You're crying over tauntauns! Oh you aren't? Well, you will be. You will be. @DelilahSDawson #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  15. 15.0 15.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "6 - Corwi Selgrothe thought going to Hoth to interview the "Heroes of the Rebellion" would be a fun adventure. She thought wrong. @amy_geek #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  16. 16.0 16.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "7 - When Luke Skywalker goes missing amidst the snow of Hoth, there's only one thing left for Rogue Squadron to do. Bet on who finds the commander first. @garywhitta #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  17. 17.0 17.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "8 - Admiral Ozzel was as clumsy as he was foolish…to the last. @charles_yu #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  18. 18.0 18.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "9 - Dak Ralter is ready to take on the whole Empire by himself. He always has been. @kuangrf #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  19. 19.0 19.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "10 - How do you win a war? By finding reasons to fight, even when all hope seems lost. @MichaelMoreci #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  20. 20.0 20.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "11 - And now your watch has ended. General Veers has arrived. @ChristieGolden #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  21. TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "12 - Hoth may appear to be a desolate, terrible and worthless place. Unless you take a closer look at the beauty underneath. @hankgreen #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  22. 22.0 22.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "13 - Everyone wants to be friends with R2-D2 @katiecandraw #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  23. 23.0 23.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "14 - Piett might not have come into the role of Admiral by traditional means. But he's determined to hold onto that power, no matter what. @bethrevis #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  24. 24.0 24.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "15 - The rebels escaped Hoth. Leia and Luke are missing. Who will step up to lead them? @jasoncfry #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  25. TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "They're just asteroids. What possible threat could they pose to a Star Destroyer and its captain? #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  26. 26.0 26.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "TIE pilots don't usually have long careers. But follow Amara Kel's rules and you'll survive (Probably). @DjangoWexler #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  27. 27.0 27.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "18 - The first meeting between a Jedi master and a would-be student is critical. Especially when that would-be Jedi has the last name Skywalker. @JimZub #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  28. 28.0 28.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "19 - "There has been a great disturbance in the Force. We have a new enemy..." Spooky Force vision? Dark side machinations!? YOU. ARE. NOT. READY. @mikechenwriter #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  29. 29.0 29.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "20 - A mind-bending, beautiful weird tale across the vast expanse of time and space, along the Road of All Moons. This is the space slug. The exogorth. @catvalente #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  30. 30.0 30.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "RAE SLOANE returns. @jjmfaraway #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  31. TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "22 - "What's in there?" "Only what you take with you." You are not prepared. @tracydeonn #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  32. 32.0 32.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "The plan is made. The trap is set. And Bossk has fallen right into it! He just doesn't know it yet. @michaelkogge #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  33. TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "Parazeen has landed the magazine profile of a lifetime: Fabled bounty hunting duo 4-LOM and Zuckuss. But their editor has a few notes about the story. @djolder #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  34. TwitterLogo Daniel José Older (@djolder) on Twitter: "Also I changed the user info on Word so I could add the editorial notes in as the droid TK-7 and then forgot to change it back lolol other editors were politely confused i am sure" (backup link)
  35. 35.0 35.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "You can't have a bounty hunter party without Boba Fett. @zlikeinzorro #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  36. TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "One man's trash is another bounty hunter's treasure, that you really, really, shouldn't touch. @sarwatchadda #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  37. TwitterLogo Sarwat Chadda (@sarwatchadda) on Twitter: "Meet Ashon. He's a garbage man on an Imperial Star Destroyer. He tries to make a deal with Boba Fett. It goes... badly. Also... OMG! I GOT TO WRITE ABOUT BOBA FETT!!!!!! #onechancesoIseiezedit" (backup link)
  38. 38.0 38.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "The problem with Skywalkers is that they care too much. Obi-Wan knows. He's always known. #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  39. 39.0 39.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "Jaxxon just wants to visit his friend Lando Calrissian. He couldn't possibly have worse timing. @cavanscott #StarWars#FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  40. TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "Guess who's coming to dinner? @SAChakrabooks #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  41. TwitterLogo S.A. Chakraborty (@SAChakrabooks) on Twitter: "Guess who got to write about sumptuous space cuisine AND the impossibilities of heroism under a tyrannical regime for the movie that made them a science fiction fan?? IT IS I! I can't wait for you to meet Torro, my Devaronian chef, who really isn't paid enough to deal with this." (backup link)
  42. TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "A wannabe bounty hunter, marooned on a city in the clouds, faces a choice. Follow the love of her life, or meet her hero that could make all her dreams come true. Never meet your heroes. @lilliamr #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  43. TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "Dengar and IG-88. The oddest of odd couples, on the hunt for Han Solo. They just might catch him, if they don't kill each other first. @austin_walker #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  44. TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "Discover what goes on beneath the gleaming corridors of Cloud City. @marthawells1 #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  45. 45.0 45.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: ""Sir, I don't know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect." L3 returns. Truth is, she was never really gone. @BrittanyActs #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  46. 46.0 46.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "You can't spell #StarWars without Willrow Hood. Now, what's in the camtono? @robwhart #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  47. TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "A side should always be taken. Especially if it's the side that doesn't capture princesses. @KarenMusings #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  48. TwitterLogo Karen Strong (@KarenMusings) on Twitter: "Writing this Star Wars story has been a bright spot in my author career. Can't wait for y'all to meet Jailyn Cirri, a Tibanna gas heiress with a love of fashion and a streak of rebellion inspired from a certain princess. #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  49. 49.0 49.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "A stormtrooper stumbles upon the most awkward family reunion ever, and tries to live to tell the tale. @ghostfinder #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  50. 50.0 50.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "Have you ever heard the tragedy of the King of Cloud City? I thought not. It's not a story Lando Calrissian would tell you. @AlexanderMFreed #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  51. 51.0 51.1 TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "The heroes may have escaped, but for the people of Bespin, the battle's just begun. @amely #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  52. TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "Always listen to the advice of your physician. Droid or otherwise. @LydiaYKang #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  53. TwitterLogo Lydia Kang (@LydiaYKang) on Twitter: "I can't reveal which POV I picked, but if you know me and the different hats I wear, it's obvious. Also..check my insta feed. The answer is hiding there from weeks/months ago. Hehehe." (backup link)
  54. Instagram-Logo Lydia Kang on Instagram: A posed photo of a 2-1B action figure. (February 28, 2020): "Got this guy, 2-1B (Too-Onebee) as a gift from my hubs. If you don't remember him, he's the surgical droid seen in The Empire Strikes Back, after the wampa attack and at the end of the movie when Luke gets his cybernetic hand. We spent the day together writing something. It was fun!" (backup link)
  55. TwitterLogo Del Rey Star Wars (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "The problem with chronicling the story of #StarWars is deciding where to begin…or rather, continue. Everyone's got an opinion. #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack" (backup link)
  56. YouTube Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories From a Galaxy Far, Far Away | Comic-Con@Home 2020 on the Comic-Con International YouTube channel (backup link)
  57. PenguinRandomHouse From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars) on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link) (eBook)
  58. EdelweissPlus-Logo From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars) on the official Edelweiss website (backup link) (paperback)
  59. TwitterLogo E. K. Johnston (@ek_johnston) on Twitter: "Hey, all! Thank you for asking. I had to drop out due to family obligations. I'm sad, bc the first FACPOV anthology was SO MUCH FUN, but now someone else gets to feel like that." (backup link)

External links[]

From a Certain Point of View
From a Certain Point of View
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi