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From A Certain Point of View is a collection of short stories from the Star Wars franchise, with forty different stories written by forty different authors from the perspective of numerous characters during the events of A New Hope. It is a replacement of sorts to the Legends work Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina.

Stories (in chronological order) are:

  • "Raymus", by Gary Whitta (Rebels, Rogue One): Taking place from the perspective of Captain Raymus Antilles, we are treated to what happened aboard the Tantive IV after fleeing Scarif and prior to being boarded by Vader.
  • "The Bucket", by Christie Golden (Dark Disciple, Inferno Squad): Taking place from the perspective of the stormtrooper that fires the stun shot at Leia during the boarding of the Tantive IV.
  • "The Sith of Datawork", by Ken Liu: Taking place from the perspective of an Imperial officer aboard Darth Vader's Star Destroyer, Devastator.
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  • "Stories in the Sand", by Griffin McElroy: Taking place from the perspective of a Jawa named Jot.
  • "Reirin", by Sabaa Tahir: Taking place from the perspective of a young Tusken raider named Reirin.
  • "The Red One", by Rae Carson (Canto Bight): Taking place from the perspective of R5-D4 aka "Red", the astromech droid that Luke and Uncle Owen initially purchase from the Jawas before purchasing Artoo.
  • "Rites", by John Jackson Miller (A New Dawn): Taking place from the perspective of the Tusken raiders during a rite of passage.
  • "Master and Apprentice" by Claudia Gray: Taking place from the perspective of Qui-Gon Jinn's Force Ghost.
  • "Beru Whitesun Lars" by Meg Cabot: Taking place from the perspective of Aunt Beru.
  • "The Luckless Rodian" by Renée Ahdieh: Taking place from the perspective of Greedo.
  • "Not for Nothing", by Mur Lafferty (The Voice of the Empire): Taking place from the perspective of the Cantina band, Figran D'an and the Modal Nodes.
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  • "We Don't Serve Their Kind Here", by Chuck Wendig (The Aftermath Trilogy): Taking place from the perspective of the bartender at the Cantina on what seems to be an ordinary day.
  • "The Kloo Horn Cantina Caper", by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction: Taking place from the perspective of Muftak and Kabe during Ben and Luke's visit to Mos Eisley.
  • "Born in the Storm", by Daniel Jose Older: Taking place from the perspective of a stormtrooper and his dewback mount.
  • "You Owe Me a Ride", by Zoraida Cordova: Taking place from the Tonnika sisters, a pair of con artists hanging out at the Cantina.
  • "Added Muscle", by Paul Dini: Taking place from the perspective of Boba Fett during his time at Docking Bay 94.
  • "The Secrets of Long Snoot", by Delilah S. Dawson (Phasma): Taking place from the perspective of Imperial spy Garindan as he reports the whereabouts of Luke, Ben, and the droids to the Empire.
  • "Fully Operational", by Beth Revis (Rebel Rising): Taking place from the perspective of General Tagge and Admiral Motti as they attend an Imperial meeting aboard the Death Star.
  • "An Incident Report", by Daniel Mallory Ortberg: Taking place from the perspective of Admiral Motti, he makes this report after being Force-choked by Vader.
  • "Change of Heart", by Elizabeth Wein (Cobalt Squadron): Taking place from the perspective of an unmasked trooper who sees firsthand Leia's mind probe torture and the destruction of Alderaan.
  • "Eclipse", by Madeleine Roux: Taking place from the perspective of Queen Breha Organa awaiting for Leia's return home shortly before the destruction of Alderaan.
  • "Verge of Greatness", by Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo: Taking place from the perspective of Grand Moff Tarkin as the Death Star fires at full capacity at Alderaan.
  • "Far Too Remote", by Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son): Taking place from the perspective of General Tagge during the search for a Rebel base.
  • "The Trigger", by Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra): Taking place from the perspective of Doctor Aphra as she goes to a deserted Rebel base on Dantooine.
  • "End of Watch", by Adam Christopher: Taking place from the perspective of an Imperial commander whose group takes notice of a YT-1300 freighter in Docking Bay 327 and receives a report about a slight weapons malfunction from Detention Block AA-23.
  • "Of MSE-6 and Men", by Glen Weldon: Taking place from the perspective of G7, a mouse droid stationed on the Death Star.
  • "The Baptist", by Nnedi Okorafor: Taking place from the perspective of the dianoga as it comes across our heroes.
  • "Bump", by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Join the Resistance): Taking place from the perspective of the stormtrooper who bumps his head on a door.
  • "Time of Death", by Cavan Scott (Adventures in Wild Space): Taking place from the perspective of Obi-Wan after he is struck down by Darth Vader, detailing his shock at becoming a Force Ghost.
  • "There is Another", by Gary D. Schmidt: Taking place from the perspective of Yoda as he meets Obi-Wan's Force Ghost during his exile on Dagobah.
  • "Palpatine", by Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare's Star Wars): Taking place from the perspective of Emperor Palpatine as he makes a proclamation.
  • "Laina", by Wil Wheaton: Taking place from the perspective of Ryland, a watchtower rebel on Yavin 4, during an eventful day in the Galactic Civil War.
  • "Grounded", by Greg Rucka (Shattered Empire, Smuggler's Run, Before the Awakening, Guardians of the Whills): Taking place from the perspective of Chief Nera Kase, the boss of starfighter operations, during the Battle of Yavin.
  • "Contingency Plan", by Alexander Freed (Rogue One novelization, Battlefront: Twilight Company): Taking place from the perspective of Mon Mothma as she departs Yavin 4, having received word that Leia is on her way to Base One and so is the Death Star.
  • "Desert Son", by Pierce Brown: Taking place from the perspective of Biggs as he reunites with Luke again on Yavin 4 and flies alongside him in battle.
  • "Sparks", by Paul S. Kemp (Lords of the Sith): Taking place from the perspective of Dex Tiree of Gold Squadron.
  • "Duty Roster", by Jason Fry (Servants of the Empire, Last Call at the Zero Angle, The Levers of Power): Taking place from the perspective of Col "Fake Wedge" Takbright.
  • "The Angle", by Charles Soule (Lando, Obi-Wan & Anakin, Poe Dameron, Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith): Taking place from the perspective of Lando during another one of his gambling sessions.
  • "By Whatever Sun", by E.K. Johnson (Ahsoka) and Ashley Eckstein: Taking place from the perspective of Miara Larte as she watches the medal ceremony on Yavin 4.
  • "Whills", by Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda): The anthology concludes with a unknown character beginning to perform the sacred task of writing down the events of the film in the Journal of the Whills.

It was released on October 3rd, 2017. A sequel book with 40 stories set during The Empire Strikes Back was released on November 10, 2020.

Tropes in this collection include:

  • Adaptational Sexuality: Ackmena, TK-421 and possibly Tarkin are confirmed to be gay/lesbians in this collection of stories. There was no indication of the former two's sexual orientation in Legends, and the latter was originally depicted as being straight (and having a widow) in his Legends stories.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In Legends, Garindan was an unscrupulous individual willing to work for the highest bidder. In his story, he has a much more noble end goal, even if it means performing criminal activity and doing damage to the Rebellion. He's only working as a spy for the Empire because they tried to brainwash him (which he only pretends that it worked) and he's trying to make enough money so he can get off Tatooine and liberate his homeworld from the Empire later.
  • Adult Fear: Bail and Breha die not knowing if Leia survived the capture of the Tantive IV.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For many different characters during the events of A New Hope.
  • Aerith and Bob: Among the named X-wing pilots in "Duty Roster" we have John D. Branon, Theron Nett and Puck Naeco. The first one would not be out of place in the modern Anglophone countries on Earth.
  • Ambiguous Ending: "Born in the Storm". Did Sardis die and the whole story is a Dead Man Writing? Did he join the Sand People? Or did he simply continue his life somewhere on Tatooine, now with a dewback, freedom from the Empire, and a greater understanding of the Force?
  • Ambiguous Gender: "Rites" avoids quite a few details, including gendered pronouns, for A'Yark, which according to the author in a separate post was to prevent spoilers for the novel the character originated from.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Tarkin refers to the events of Scarif and Alderaan as purifying an infection.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: "Duty Roster" and "Grounded" show that the people at Base One erupted into applause when the Death Star is destroyed.
  • Apocalyptic Log: "Of MSE-6 and Men" is presented as a systems log of internal Technobabble, diagnostics, and voices recorded by the mouse droid G7, up to the moment the Death Star arrived in range of Yavin 4 where it abruptly ends.
  • Bait-and-Switch: "Whills" sounds like it's going to be important, but is actually just a comedic Leaning on the Fourth Wall. The fact that the author to the Origami Yoda series was going to write it should've tipped you off.
  • Broad Strokes: When asked if the stories in the book were canon, Pablo Hidalgo replied: "Some are. Some aren't. Some might be. Some might not be. Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view."
  • Call-Back:
    • "Eclipse" is a sequel of sorts to Leia, Princess of Alderaan, due to its focus on Breha and Bail in regards to Alderaan and Leia, also featuring an appearance from Toovee.
    • "By Whatever Sun" is also a sequel of sorts to Ahsoka, as it centers around Miara and somewhat delves into what she's been doing since the ending of Ahsoka. It is mentioned that sometime after the events of Ahsoka, Miara was given her first classified mission from Ahsoka via Fulcrum transmission.
    • Bail and Breha die embracing each other, like Jyn and Cassian did in the climax of Rogue One.
    • It is revealed that had the Death Star fired on Base One, Mothma would've had the Alliance surrender, like the original plan for them to surrender when the Death Star's existence was revealed in Rogue One.
  • Call-Forward:
    • In "Time of Death", Obi-Wan foresees Han's death as he falls from the walkway in Starkiller Base and Leia's grief, as well as Luke's self-imposed exile on Ahch-To.
    • At the end of "The Angle", Lando just saw footage of Han piloting the Millennium Falcon and helping destroy the Death Star. Lando then tells Lobot to shoot him if he ever does anything like that; Lando eventually does pilot the Falcon into the second Death Star.
  • Call to Adventure: Quite a few characters end their stories by leaving everything behind to answer it.
  • Camp Gay: TK-421 of all people turns out to be this, with what is implied to be Tarkin no less.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • Not the character, but Wes Janson (who Jek Porkins had to temporarily replace as Red Six) was out sick during the Death Star crisis, just like in Legends.
    • A'Yark, the Tusken Raider chieftain who was a character in the Legends novel Kenobi by John Jackson Miller, appears in the short story "Rites", also written by Miller.
    • An odd case appears in Pablo Hidalgo's story where he doesn't bring in a character from Legends, but rather dialogue taken directly from the Star Wars Radio Dramas that aired in the 80's; specifically, he included the conversation between Motti and Tarkin talking about the extent of Tarkin's command of the Death Star.
    • Ackmena from The Star Wars Holiday Special, while already confirmed to be canon in Complete Locations, shows up in person in "The Kloo Horn Cantina Caper".
    • The history of the Kubaz being kept from making advances into space travel by the Empire and them being fed propaganda about this being the result of Rebel intervention, which is also how it was in Legends.
    • Derrida, who was an associate of Garindan's in Legends, is mentioned at the end of "The Secrets of Long Snoot" to have offered a spy job against the Rebel Alliance.
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • R5, the red droid that blew up before R2 was bought was just another comedic moment. "The Red One" shows the events from his perspective. He's sad, lonely, and dying, desperate to be sold and find some purpose in his last years under a new master. As such, the scene changes from something akin to a used car breaking down to an old, lost pet dying just out of reach of a new home. However, The Mandalorian would later reveal that he eventually ended up in the care of Peli Motto and is shown doing fine a few years later by the time of the show.
    • Wuher wanted Artoo and Threepio to get out of Chalmun's cantina not because of the simple reason that they can't order anything from him and/or he just flatout hates droids for no reason, but because he has a Dark and Troubled Past regarding droids during the Clone Wars (in that his parents were killed by battle droids, but on the other hand, the incident caused him to like Jedi).
    • Garindan, AKA "Long Snoot", the Kubaz informant who sold out the Rebel droids to the Empire in Mos Eisley, is actually a mole that is simply trying to make enough credits so he can get a ship off Tatooine and liberate his homeworld from the Empire afterward (while pretending to be a brainwashed spy that works for them), and that job was supposed to be his last step towards that goal. Sadly, the Empire uses their failure to capture the droids as an excuse to forfeit their payment to him (even though he did everything his job required him to do), and he is still a long way from meeting his goal.
    • Omi, the dianoga, is actually benevolent and desperately misses her home. Her attack on Luke was an attempt to baptize him, not to eat him, and her resignation when the Death Star explodes with her on it is fairly tragic.
  • The Chosen Zero: Yoda was actually looking forward to training Leia, not Luke, having dismissed him as unfit to be a Jedi long ago. He's quite disgruntled when Obi-Wan tells him it has to be Luke.
  • Composite Character: The stormtrooper who bumped his head on a door aboard the Death Star happened to be the same one who received a Jedi Mind Trick in Mos Eisley.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Chief Kase recalls how Wedge was a former Imperial TIE pilot and that General Syndulla had to vouch for him when this information was met with suspicion.
    • With the retcon of Orto Plutonia being the new Talz homeworld and the species not being discovered there until the Clone Wars, the Talz are still a relatively unknown species in the galaxy, and the denizens of Mos Eisley only know Muftak as "The Muftak". How he even got to Tatooine is another story.
  • Damning With Faint Praise: In "Not For Nothing", the Modal Nodes use "Better than Jabba's Palace" to describe any given place as being absolutely terrible. Naturally, this is how they describe the cantina at Mos Eisley.
  • Disadvantageous Disintegration: Boba Fett runs afoul of this in "Added Muscle." Two rebel spies he ran into on Coruscant attacked him with disruptors, which he countered with weapon accelerators, reducing them to ashes. Problem is, without any bodies to identify, Boba loses out on the reward. This explains why Vader was quite specific in addressing Fett with his "No disintegrations" requirement in Empire.
  • Do Androids Dream?: The fact that R5 has a bad feeling when R2 says the galaxy is doomed brings up the possibility that droids can be Force-sensitive, previously dismissed as impossible by all other characters in the franchise. It also seems to be a Mythology Gag-type nod towards how R5 was a Jedi droid in Infinities. That, or R5 just feels a little worried.
  • Dramatic Irony: "End of Watch" has a character in the Imperial Navy mention that their brother is holidaying on Scarif and hasn't heard from him lately, and the main character of "Laina" sent his infant daughter to Alderaan for safety. The reader, of course, knows full well that the military post on Scarif has been wiped off the face of the planet — by the very weapon that the Imperial character is currently sitting in! — and Alderaan is utterly destroyed.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: The lead characters of "The Kloo Horn Cantina Caper" (none of whom are human) mistake Luke Skywalker for a teenage girl when he walks into Chalmun's Cantina.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • After getting his hopes of getting sold shot by the presence of R2-D2 and sacrificing his chance of being sold by deliberately blowing his motivator, R5-D4 gets his freedom (and possibly a new master as he wanted) by playing dead throughout the stormtrooper attack on the sandcrawler.
    • "The Kloo Horn Cantina Caper". Some of the main characters (especially Muftak and Lirin Car'n) are in serious debt over the sale of the Kloo Horn belonging to Car'n's father, to the point that they are in danger of being killed by Greedo or Doctor Evazan and Ponda Baba. As Muftak acknowledges his mistake, fortune favors them when the people threatening them are taken out of the equation, and Muftak has more hope.
  • Empty Chair Memorial: Unintentional (since no one really cared about the guy anyway), but it gets confirmed that the empty seat in the Death Star meeting room is supposed to be Krennic's.
  • Female Monster Surprise: The dianoga is revealed to be female, unlike in Legends where it wasn't even clear if the dianogas had genders. However, it's also revealed they're hermaphrodites, and can identify as female, male or neuter depending on preference. She's therefore female in the sense of gender identity, not physical sex.
  • Flaming Sword: Lightsabers according to Jot the Jawa. He goes through R2's memory banks and sees these "swords made of fire" and magic people in robes using these swords.
  • Flashback Echo: "Verge of Greatness" uses a Type 5. It begins with a flashback of the last time Tarkin ordered the Death Star fired at Scarif, and goes forward to the destruction of Alderaan.
  • Foregone Conclusion: A few of these stories focus on doomed characters, taking place in what the reader knows is their last moments, such as Raymus Antilles, Greedo, and Dex Tyree.
  • Heel–Face Turn: "By Whatever Sun" mentions that a lot of Imperial defectors started pouring into the Rebellion after the revelation of the Death Star. Other stories see Imperials become rather disaffected by what they've witnessed and experienced.
  • Hero of Another Story: Given that this is an anthology series featuring characters who filled peripheral or supporting roles in the original movie, the more established characters end up filling this role. The stories give us outsider perspectives of these characters as seen by characters who are varyingly familiar with them.
  • Hidden Depths: Turns out Admiral Motti, the guy who Vader choked for dismissing the Force, is actually religious himself, though of a different religion than Vader. He just objects to having someone else literally shove their religious beliefs down his throat at a military meeting. He's also got a snarky streak, as he notes that if Vader has such faith in the ability of the Force, then he can destroy the planet himself, as opposed to having to step closer just to strangle a coworker.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: In "The Sith of Datawork", Arvira was led to believe that Imperials having terrible aim was nothing but Rebel propaganda. In "Born in the Storm", Sardis Ramsin (a stormtrooper himself) blames this trope on faulty blaster design.
  • Interquel: "Raymus" takes place in between Rogue One and A New Hope, also establishing that the time gap between the movies is one hour (at most).
  • Jedi Mind Trick: We are given some insight on how Mind Tricks work from the perspective of stormtroopers affected by the trick. The trick seems to be most effective when it aligns with something the user wants. For example, Sardis Ramsin was disinterested in the hunt for the droids, stressed out by his job, and just wanted to get a drink, so he was easily swayed by the Mind Trick.
  • Kid Hero All Grown Up: One of the chapters centers around Miara Larte, who was 14 when she was introduced in Ahsoka and is now 32.
  • My Greatest Failure: Qui-Gon sees asking Obi-Wan to mentor Anakin as this, as training Anakin would have been a challenge even for best of Jedi and Obi-Wan was barely more than a Padawan himself. He apologizes to Obi-Wan for more or less forcing him into it by making it his dying wish.
  • Mysterious Animal Senses: Omi, the dianoga, has some sense of the Force and knows she has a purpose aboard the Death Star. When she sees Luke, she notices he has a strange shade around him which is sloughed off when she baptizes him.
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  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Tarkin's decision to keep using the Death Star, according to Krennic in "Verge of Greatness". If he'd still been in control of it, knowing that Galen Erso had sabotaged it somehow and that the Rebels now had its construction plans, he would have taken the time to go through, find out what it was, and fix it. Tarkin didn't, and everyone knows how that turned out for him...
    • In "By Whatever Sun", Miara notes that contrary to Tarkin's intent to get the galaxy to submit to the Empire, the destruction of Alderaan only convinced a large chunk of it how evil the Empire really was and to join the Rebellion (and the destruction of the Death Star was another motivator). Many Imperials defected as a result too, especially those that were Alderaanian themselves.
  • No Biological Sex: Dianogas are functionally this and most identify as such, although some choose to be female or male.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Omi wasn't attacking Luke at all, but giving him a Near-Death Experience to aid his connection to the Force.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Ryland sent his daughter to live on Alderaan, believing it would be safer for her to be there than on Base One.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: In "The Sith of Datawork", it turns out that the reason the Devastator's gunners didn't fire on the droids' escape pod was because of the paperwork that would ensue — the Imperial Senate protests that such actions, except in special circumstances, count as war crimes — and shooting escape pods with "no life forms" is considered a wasted shot (this is under the belief of countering Rebel propaganda of Imperials being bad shots). However, when they realized that the Death Star plans may have been aboard that pod, Arvira tries to cover the Devastator crew's bases by making the Devastator look like it was having maintenance problems rather than the gunners being incompetent, especially since the Devastator is Vader's ship.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Mouse droid G7's systems log repeats the word "ALERT" over and over after Chewbacca roars at it.
    • Bail Organa has this reaction when he sees the Death Star in orbit over Alderaan and realizes exactly what is about to happen.
  • Reincarnation: Omi, the dianoga, certainly believes this will happen to her after the Death Star explodes with her on it, and her connection to the Force seems to reinforce it.
  • Second-Person Narration: "Change of Heart" is written this way, with the reader given the role of an unmasked trooper aboard the Death Star.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Kabe is revealed to speak like this, if you can understand her squeaks. It goes well with her little-con-artist personality.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: A particularly brutal one with R5, the red droid that Owen bought before R2. R5 knows that he's on his last legs and if he isn't sold to Owen he'll be decommissioned and torn up for scrap, and seeing the much more advanced R2 join the crawl dashes his hopes entirely. When Owen chooses him against all odds, he's overwhelmed with joy and promises to be the best droid he can be, but realizes that he has to sacrifice himself so R2 is bought instead. Luckily he survives and escapes after the sandcrawler is attacked, and is implied to have found another master.
  • Take That!: "Whills" is a co-writer conflict over starting the story with Episode IV (and controversial elements in later stories), and in the process of bringing up irrelevant details from prequels and chronological later films, one of the journalists sarcastically comments on how people will be interested in a story about Chewbacca visiting his family for Life Day.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Yoda is worried about training Luke which is why he initially wanted to train Leia because he believes Luke is temperamental like Anakin and Leia is patient like Padmé.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Several examples, tying in with Broad Strokes, as the many overlapping stories have various inconsistencies big and small. And of course, the title of the book hangs a huge lampshade on this.
  • Wham Episode: "Born in the Storm", subtly. One of the stormtroopers that Obi-Wan mindtricked later turns out to be Force-sensitive, disproving the idea that being Weak-Willed and Force-sensitive are mutually exclusive and muddying the distinction between a Force-user and a normal person even further.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?:
    • TK-4601, the point-of-view stormtrooper in "The Bucket", considers whether Leia sees him as just another faceless uniform to be shot down.
    • In "The Trigger," Dr. Aphra teaches a stormtrooper how to invoke this trope while holding him at gunpoint.
  • What You Are in the Dark: "Contingency Plan" shows what Mon Mothma was planning to do should the Rebels be defeated at Yavin: She would go to Coruscant and surrender to the Emperor on behalf of the Rebellion, while leaving a huge cache of valuable information on the Rebellion's resources to some young rebels so they could start a new Rebellion in its place. With news of the Rebel victory, she would never need to follow through on this plan nor reveal it to anyone else.
  • Wretched Hive: Mos Eisely is described as such in no uncertain terms. Having any friends at all in that town is considered a huge advantage, and most featured characters residing there just want a means of getting away. Even Imperials get jumped and killed if they don't travel in packs and keep an eye on each other.
  • You Are in Command Now: In "The Bucket", TK-4601 gets a Field Promotion to commanding officer just after his previous commander is killed by Leia.

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