New Star Wars Book Will Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of The Films With 40 Amazing Authors

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On Thursday, the Del Rey Star Wars Twitter account teased the Friday reveal of a long-awaited Star Wars book. Today, the Star Wars anthology #OperationBlueMilk was revealed to be Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, which contains "40 stories celebrating 40 years of" the beloved sci-fi franchise. Those stories will shine a spotlight on the background characters of the first Star Wars film, "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."

#OperationBlueMilk isn't the first Star Wars anthology to hit bookstores. The late 1990s gave birth to a number of short-story collections set around the original trilogy, including Tales of the Bounty Hunters and Tales from the New Republic.

None of the Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View authors will receive any compensation for the book. Their earnings will be donated to First Book, a non-profit organization that helps put books in the homes, libraries, and schools of children in need. In addition, #OperationBlueMilk publisher Penguin Random House has given $100,000 to the bookish charity, and Disney/Lucasfilm donated $1 million in books.

So far only 28 of the writers working on Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View have been revealed. Many of them have written Star Wars books and stories before, but most are well-known mainstream authors who are new to the franchise.

Here are the Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View authors we know so far:

  • Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (Star Wars: Join the Resistance No. 1)
  • Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn)
  • Tom Angleberger (Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!)
  • Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries)
  • Rae Carson (Walk on Earth a Stranger)
  • Adam Christopher (Empire State)
  • Zoraida Cordova (Labyrinth Lost)
  • Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon)
  • Paul Dini (Gotham City Sirens)
  • Alexander Freed (Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company)
  • Jason Fry (The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure)
  • Christie Golden (Star Wars: Dark Disciple)
  • EK Johnston & Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka)
  • Paul Kemp (Star Wars: Lords of the Sith)
  • Mur Lafferty (The Shambling Guide to New York City)
  • Ken Liu (The Grace of Kings)
  • Griffin McElroy (Polygon)
  • John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: A New Dawn)
  • Nnedi Okorafor (Binti)
  • Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper)
  • Mallory Ortberg (Texts from Jane Eyre)
  • Madeleine Roux (Asylum)
  • Gary D. Schmidt (Oribiting Jupiter)
  • Cavan Scott (Adventures in Wild Space: The Cold)
  • Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes)
  • Glen Weldon (The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture)
  • Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath)
  • Gary Whitta (Abomination)

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View is available for pre-order now. The Star Wars anthology codenamed #OperationBlueMilk comes to a galaxy near you in October.