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From Journal Of The Whills To Obi-Wan Kenobi's Life After Death: Highlights 'From A Certain Point of View'

Back in April, Star Wars fans were thrilled to learn that Lucasfilm and Del Rey were celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars in style.

A fateful duel. [Credit: Lucasfilm]

Back in April, Star Wars fans were thrilled to learn that Lucasfilm and Del Rey were celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars in style. Set to be released in October, From A Certain Point of View is a unique Star Wars anthology featuring 40 short stories written by 40 different authors. Each short story is designed to provide us with a fresh perspective on A New Hope where fans can explore the Mos Eisley Cantina, the Rebel base on Yavin 4, and even the most important meetings on the Death Star!

Over on Twitter, the authors have just started revealing exclusive promotional artwork that teases their stories. The great thing about this is that the art will actually be included in the book, which promises to be a thing of beauty. So let's take a look at some of the most intriguing stories hinted at so far...

The Story Of Obi-Wan Kenobi

What's it like to be a Force Ghost? It looks as though Cavan Scott's 'Time of Death' will explore that question, telling the story of Obi-Wan's death... from Obi-Wan's own point of view! It's sure to be a fascinatingly surreal tale, and certainly a mystical one, giving us a sense of what it truly means to be one with the Force. The Clone Wars shed some light on what it means for a Jedi to prepare themselves for this experience, so no doubt we'll see some of that while bridging the anthology and the Prequel Trilogy.

It's also going to be interesting to learn what Obi-Wan was expecting when he first set foot on the Death Star. Did he suspect, even then, that this would be his last mission? Obi-Wan must have surely sensed the dark side presence of Darth Vader, but did he know that the duel was inevitable and that he would be forced to sacrifice himself if he wanted Luke to escape?

Tarkin's Triumph

Get inside Tarkin's head on the very eve of his triumph in my forthcoming short story. #FromACertainPOV pic.twitter.com/w2rb9YVOV6

— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) September 14, 2017

One of the most iconic characters of A New Hope, Tarkin has been a major focus in the Star Wars novels. Now, it seems as though #Lucasfilm's own Pablo Hidalgo — a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group — is telling the final Tarkin story. This is the day Tarkin believed he had finally triumphed. Of course, he was completely wrong.

One of Palpatine's closest allies, Tarkin was a believer in the use of supreme force, so much so that the Empire referred to this approach as the 'Tarkin Doctrine.' He was brutal and ruthless, and I doubt we'll see even a hint of regret for Alderaan. Intriguingly, there have been many fan theories that suggest Tarkin saw Palpatine's corruption, and ultimately planned to use the Death Star against the Emperor himself. These have even been discussed by actual Star Wars authors, but have never been confirmed. Perhaps that's about to change...

The Journal Of The Whills

As one of Luke's fellow pilots in the Death Star run, Wedge Antilles became a major character in the classic Expanded Universe. There, he was promoted to leader of Rogue Squadron, and the star of fan-favorite novels by Michael Stackpole and Aaron Allston. Old-school Star Wars fans will be delighted to see the character set to star appear in the new canon! In this case, it's being written by Jason Fry, the popular author who's also writing the novelization of The Last Jedi.

Who Else Would Kieron Gillen Be Writing About?

Finally, let's focus on the most amusing of the announcements. Who else would Kieron Gillen be writing about? He's one of Marvel's pre-eminent Star Wars writers, and his Darth Vader run is one of the most-loved comics in the range. That series introduced fans to an original character, Doctor Aphra, a rogue archaeologist who wound up working for Vader. Aphra was so popular that she now stars in her own ongoing comic. But 

 will Doctor Aphra fit into A New Hope? Only time will tell...

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