New 40th anniversary Star Wars anthology coming to our galaxy

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Apr 7, 2017, 1:31 PM EDT

Your fall reading list just got an epic jolt of awesome with the announcement of Del Rey Books' Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View, a 40-story collection of tales set in the galaxy, far far away by more than 40 different authors to celebrate ... you guessed it ... the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars: A New Hope. This sprawling space opera anthology will venture into the backstories of characters, planets, aliens and environments central to the debut film in the saga.

Check out the partial list of confirmed writers: 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 and Gary Whitta.

Here's the official press release:

In celebration of Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, Del Rey is going to shine the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, coming October 2017, will bring together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope — from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for. There’s never been a Star Wars book like it, and you can get a first look at the cover below!

All participating authors are offering their scribe services for free and instead will donate their proceeds to First Book, a nonprofit charitable organization providing new books and teaching materials to schools and educators working in poor communities.

Will you clear some space on your bookshelf for this behemoth volume of Star Wars tales come this fall?

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View is available to pre-order now, with a release date of October 3, 2017.

(Via io9)