I’m only three stories into the 40th Anniversary Anthology From a Certain Point of View, which tells the story of Star Wars from the perspective of people who were tangential to the events of the movie that started it all. And so far, it’s turning out much better than I expected.
Not that I expected it to be bad or anything – quite the contrary, of course. No, what I was expecting was that the characters they picked would be ones from relative obscurity, and that’s not the case so far. The first three stories center around the capture of Leia’s Tantive IV, and include:
— “Raymus” by Gary Whitta, about Captain Antilles and which connects the final dots in between Rogue One and A New Hope
— “The Bucket” by Christie Golden, which tells the story of the capture of Princess Leia by trooper who shot the stun blast that took her down.
— “The Sith of Datawork” by Ken Liu, which answers the long-bandied-about question about why the Imperials didn’t shoot down the escape pod that had Threepio and Artoo inside of it.
The characters were less obscure than I’d feared they would be, and so far, based on the three I’ve read, I think they’re off to a running start. I’ll talk more about the individual stories themselves in future podcasts!