Luke Skywalker’s favorite Tatooine beverage, Blue Milk, was the codename for a secret Star Wars book project, a secret which has just been revealed. On October 3, a giant book of new Star Wars stories called From a Certain Point of View will be published by Del Rey.
On Friday, Del Rey books (an imprint of Penguin Random House) revealed what they had been teasing out all week. The top secret book project, previously hashtagged as #OperationBlueMilk is a collection of 40 Star Wars short stories which will serve to celebrate 40 years of the mega franchise. Notable and celebrated sci-fi, fantasy, and literary writers are listed as contributors including Adam Christopher, Daniel Jose Older, Delilah S. Dawson, Chuck Wendig (author of the Aftermath books), Gary Whitta (Rogue One screenwriter) and many more. Notably, none of the authors are accepting payment for inclusion in the book. As StarWars.com explains, “All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories … instead, all 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.”
Presumably, the book will contain a variety of new short fiction from the point of view of several different Star Wars characters. Some of the contributors, like John Jackson Miller (author of the novel Kenobi), have already begun tweeting hints about what their stories are about. (Hint: His story sounds like it might have to do with Obi-Wan Kenobi.)
It is unclear if all these stories will be included in Star Wars canon, as is the case with the majority of the new Star Wars novels published by Del Rey after 2014.
The book will be published on October 3 and Penguin Random House is taking pre-orders now.