A cryptic tweet popped up yesterday on Del Rey’s Star Wars twitter feed. It announced that something called Operation: Blue Milk would be unveiled today. But what is Operation Blue Milk?
Aftermath author Chuck Wendig took the opportunity to ask the internet for their theories:
While Delilah Dawson instead told us about the existence of blue almond milk?! (Ostensibly from blue almonds, of course.)
And we’re extra excited by this addition to the network of conspirators:
Now the details have finally been revealed! Operation Blue Milk is an anthology titled Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, much in the tradition of the old “Tales of” anthologies of the 90s:
In celebration of Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, Del Rey is going to shine the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, coming October 2017, will bring together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope — from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.
The list of authors for this project is amazing! Among the contributors (in addition to Wendig, Okorafor, and Dawson above) are Ken Liu, Meg Cabot, Daniel José Older, Paul Dini, Mallory Ortberg, Mur Lafferty, Adam Christopher, EK Johnston and Ashley Eckstein! And who knows which characters each of them have chosen…
What’s even more exciting, From a Certain Point of View will contributing directly to the nonprofit, First Book:
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 has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children’s books — valued at 1 million dollars — to support First Book and their mission of providing educational resources to children in need. Over the past 16 years, Disney has donated more than 57 million books to First Book.
So a great big pile of new Star Wars stories that also contribute to a great cause? This has officially made our Friday. So take a peek at the cover art, and try to wait patiently for October’s release!