#OperationBlueMilk Revealed 

By ·April 7, 2017 7:08 pm

Yesterday, an image and a hashtag appeared on Twitter that left many of us intrigued, expectant, and somewhat impatient, particularly because it was centred around that rather popular franchise that I think you would’ve heard of by now – Star Wars. You have heard of that, right?

Posted by @DelReyStarWars (Star Wars Books), the tweet offered up a photo of a folder labelled “OPERATION BLUE MILK” sat upon a number of other available Star Wars books, as well as the hashtag #OperationBlueMilk (blue milk having famously appearing in A New Hope). This tweet prompted followers into throwing in wild guesses as to what the next book in the Star Wars library would be.

The theories ranged from a novel focused on Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen, to a Jar Jar Binks story. Honestly, as far as theories go, almost anything could’ve been correct; after all, this is the Star Wars universe where every background character has their own personal history. As it would turn out, these guesses were not actually too far off the mark. Today, #OperationBlueMilk was revealed to be an anthology set to feature a large, and diverse cast of characters from the canon Star Wars expanded universe. Well, when I say the expanded universe, I mean it will feature a total of forty stories focused entirely on the weird and wonderful background characters from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. We, as readers, will view the events of A New Hope through the eyes of such characters as the brave souls from Red Squadron (the X-Wing pilots that joined Luke in taking on the Death Star), as well as those unfortunate Stormtroopers that never did manage to find the elusive droids they were looking for.  Personally, I’m hoping for a story about Satan Labria.

I mean, c’mon. There’s a story here!

Anyway, the book’s title was, of course, revealed along with the gist of the contents. Fans of Star Wars will instantly recognise it as one of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s most famous quotes from the original trilogy: “So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view” (admit it, you lied to Luke, Obi-Wan!). Based on the what this book involves, that’s actually a wonderfully apt title. We will be enjoying the stories of villains, heroes, and those in between in the form of forty stories, each written by a unique author (some of which can be seen listed below).

The cover of “From A Certain Point of View” features R2-D2 and C-3PO (surely a kick in the bollocks to those droid hunting Stormtroopers that feature in the book) standing in front of, what I assume to be, Tatooine and it’s binary suns, with a nice little Death Star floating above the text. Oh man, I hope we get the stories of people from on-board the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin. You can view the front cover in full below. Immediately after this paragraph, actually.

See.

I promised you a list of announced authors for this book, and I will fulfil that promise! Here, for your information, is said list:

  • Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
  • Renee Ahdieh
  • Tom Angleberger
  • Meg Cabot
  • Rae Carson
  • Adam Christopher
  • Zoraida Cordova
  • Delilah S. Dawson
  • Paul Dini
  • Alexander Freed
  • Jason Fry
  • Christie Golden
  • EK Johnston & Ashley Eckstein
  • Paul Kemp
  • Mur Lafferty
  • Ken Liu
  • Griffin McElroy
  • John Jackson Miller
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Daniel José Older
  • Mallory Ortberg
  • Madeleine Roux
  • Gary D. Schmidt
  • Cavan Scott
  • Sabaa Tahir
  • Glen Weldon
  • Chuck Wendig
  • Gary Whitta

There are more to be announced as time goes by, but that’s all we know for now. There are only twelve more authors left to announce, so let’s just wait and see who else has the honour of contributing to Star Wars lore. According to the official Star Wars website, each author has generously put their fees towards a charity known as First Book, which, it has to be said, is a bloody commendable thing to do.

So, which characters from A New Hope are you anticipating? Who would you love to know more about? Porkins? R5-D4? That one Jawa that shut off R2? Let us know in the comments below. C’mooooooooon, Tusken Raiders!

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View will be released October 2017 in, yes, book form.

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Written by Oliver Ducker

Gaming and Comics Writer

Oliver is a graduate of computer science and games development, and an aspiring 2D and 3D graphic artist.

He is a huge fan of villains, anti-villains, and anti-heroes in media.
His specialist subjects involve The Punisher, Deadpool, Batman and his Rogues Gallery, Pokémon, LOST, and Middle-Earth.

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