The big announcement is here as Del Rey announce the second in the From A Certain Point of View series as they turn their lasers to Hoth, Dagobah and Bespin for From A Certain Point of View The Empire Strikes Back.

The anthology series From a Certain Point of View is set to return with From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, celebrating 40 years of Episode V and arriving November 10. Like its predecessor, From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back will feature 40 stories by 40 authors reimagining the classic sequel through the eyes of background characters — heroes, villains, droids and creatures.

All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their 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. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House will donate $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm will donate 100,000 children’s books — valued at $1,000,000 — to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education.

Monday 16th June will see the full reveal, but these are the 36 writers who have announced themselves on social media so far:

Adam Christopher, Alexander Freed, Amy Ratcliffe, Austin Walker, Beth Revis, Brittany N. Williams, C.B. Lee, Cat Valente, Cavan Scott, Charles Yu, Christie Golden, D.J. Older, Delilah Dawson, Django Wexler, E.K. Johnston, Emily Skrutskie, Gary Whitta, Hank Green, Jason Fry, Jim Zub, John Jackson Miller, Karen Strong, Kiersten White, Lilliam Rivera, Lydia Y. Kang, Mark Oshiro, Martha Wells, Michael Kogge, Michael Morreci, Mike Chen, Rebecca F. Kuang, Rob Hart, S.A. Chakraborty, Tom Angleberger, Tracy Deonn, Zoraida Córdova.

Regrettably, my pitch wondering whatever happened to the unfortunate TIE Fighter pilot CR978 we last saw spinning off into the asteroid field (and eventually into Ben Burtts office) after his TIE was clipped by an asteroid wasn’t accepted. Lost Stars says he died in the asteroid field, but I have another theory. Maybe that will turn up here one day on Fantha Tracks.