A long time ago (not really that long ago in cosmic terms), a space opera from far, far away flew into theaters and would create a whole new galaxy in the sci-fi genre.
Forty years later, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, a new book that would combine just as many stories from dozens of authors, including Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta, was destined to emerge from deep space to commemorate four decades of the Force. Not to mention droids, lightsabers, starships, Jedi knights, Sith Lords, strange aliens, and one Gungan in particular we’d rather forget about.
From a Certain Point of View explores the Star Wars universe from the perspective of background characters from A New Hope who serve both the Light and the Dark side. With the book set to take off on Oct. 3, Del Rey Publishing has begun to illuminate the inner dialogues of these characters and the shadows hiding their pasts. These are seven we’re especially eager to explore.
“Added Muscle” by Paul Dini delves into the past of Boba Fett:
We already know Boba Fett was a clone who was supposed to be a prototype for an entire army of them, except that never happened. What’s really under that helmet? Does the story explore how his psyche could have been adversely affected by the whole clone thing?
“The Trigger” by Kieran Killen looks at xenopaleontologist Dr. Aphra under a microscope:
This could possibly be a reference to those upgraded droidekas that impressed Darth Vader enough to actually not want to kill her (at least while she was useful), or how she reactivated BT-1, or really, how she revived anything as the more volatile version of itself.
“Time of Death” by Cavan Scott is a posthumous point of view from Force Ghost Obi-Wan Kenobi:
So after Obi-Wan became one with the Force and left Darth Vader with nothing but an empty robe to stab with his lightsaber, he didn’t stop being sentient. He’s obviously sentient enough to narrate this account from beyond the grave. What’s it like to be a Force Ghost, anyway?
“We Don’t Serve Their Kind Here” by Chuck Wendig serves up more about infamous droid-hating bartender Wuher:
Never mind how the idea of droids drinking anything but gasoline has always baffled me, this might explain why the anti-robotic sentiment is strong with this one to the point that he installed a droid detector in his cantina. Post-Clone Wars prejudice may be to blame.
“Born in the Storm” by Daniel José Older follows a stormtrooper riding his dewback through the desert wastelands:
We know stormtroopers as agents of the Dark Side who swarm into interstellar battles like automatons, but beneath that white plastoid armor are (non-cloned) human beings whose training under the fascist Imperial regime probably brainwashes them no end. Scary.
“The Angle” by Charles Soule soars into the backstory of Lando and the Millennium Falcon:
We know this ship is special because of its many modifications despite being a space clunker, and we know Lando lost it in a card game that Han may or may not have cheated at, but there are still many things his cloak is hiding — like how he got the ship (gambling?) in the first place.
“The Secrets of Long Snoot” by Delilah S. Dawson goes behind the mask of the creature otherwise known as Garindan:
Besides his creepy plague-doctor-esque headgear, Long Snoot is the sketchy informant who has the droids you’re looking for, but his background is a mystery. This quote makes him seem cocky enough to think he could even have power over Vader — who is, after all, human.
By the way, if you want to know more about Canto Bight, that casino that hosts as many scenes from The Last Jedi as it probably does games of sabacc, the upcoming book Star Wars: Canto Bight will demystify some of that with a quad of interconnected stories that look through the human, alien, or possibly droid eyes of intergalactic scum.