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Lando's loyal droid, and a few new friends, have a (somewhat) friendly chat with Threepio.

On May 21, 1980,Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Backmade its theatrical debut. To celebrate the classic film’s landmark 40th anniversary, StarWars.com presents“Empireat 40,”a special series of interviews, editorial features, and listicles.

Fans ofSolo: A Star Wars Storyand L3-37, this is for you.

Earlier this year,StarWars.com announcedFrom a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, a new anthology celebrating 40 years ofStar Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Arriving November 10, the book collects40 stories by 40 authorsreimagining the classic sequel through the eyes of background characters -- heroes, villains, droids and creatures. Including some welcome returns.

In StarWars.com's exclusive excerpt of Brittany N. Williams' "Faith in an Old Friend," we flashback to theMillennium Falcon's desperate journey following the Battle of Hoth, as Han Solo, Leia Organa, and friends look to escape the Empire's clutches. Except here, we're reintroduced to L3-37, Lando Calrissian's rebellious droid. Now one with theFalcon's central computer, L3-37 is as spirited as ever -- and we wouldn't want it any other way.

"I'm probably one of many people who readLast Shotand watchedSoloand fell in love with L3-37," Williams tells StarWars.com. "Shehas this great design, she'shilarious and dynamic, she and Lando had this amazing rapport, and then, Kessel happened. Like, I think about L3-37 every time I see theMillennium Falconnow. So when I got the invite to write a story forFrom a Certain Point of View, it's like here's the perfect opportunity to make sure that our girl is alright and give her another moment with Lando. And I couldn't really pass that up."

In addition, StarWars.com caught up with editorTom Hoeler to talk about putting together such an ambitious project, and howFrom a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Backsupports a good cause.

StarWars.com: How does the role of editor on an anthology likeFrom a Certain Point of Viewdiffer from working on a traditional novel?

Thomas Hoeler: It is similar, just more so. Editing an anthology is a much bigger challenge than focusing on a single book. Anytime you begin a book project by opening a spreadsheet, you know you are in a bit of trouble! Coordinating 40 different stories, contracts, email chains, edit passes, etc. could easily become overwhelming. Luckily, we have an amazing team across Del Rey and Lucasfilm to keep it all organized. But it is so much fun and so rewarding, I frequently call it “the best bad idea we’ve ever had.”

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StarWars.com: How did the selection of characters to include in this book come about?

Thomas Hoeler:When asked, we always are happy to make a recommendation or provide some options, but the selections really all come from the authors own concepts and ideas. And the best part is, try as you might to guess which characters might be chosen, the end results always have unexpected and exciting choices. CB Lee has a story about the guy holding a crate, walking between Han/Leia’s Hoth hallway argument? Tracy Deonn writing about the cave on Dagobah? John Jackson Miller revisiting RAE SLOANE?

StarWars.com: Was there any attempt to link some of the stories together?

Thomas Hoeler:Most important is that the voice and writing styles of individual authors shine through. So we don’t mandate a ton of connections unless it was needed to retain the cohesion of the film’s story. Regardless, so many authors jumped at the chance to have tie-ins both big and small to each other. For example, Seth Dickinson and John Jackson Miller’s stories intertwine in some crucial ways. And of course, you can’t have stories about all the bounty hunters without some connections. Beyond those examples, keen readers will find Easter eggs to Star Wars stories past and present sprinkled throughout the anthology.

StarWars.com: What are some of the highlights from working on a project like this?

Thomas Hoeler:Easily getting to share in the excitement of the community of authors and Star Wars fans. Having these social media hangouts to reveal contributors and stories and seeing the conversations across the fandom. Especially at a time when we’ve been separated from each other, or forced to miss out on great community gatherings like conventions. It is just wonderful to build positive community moments together, celebrate what Star Wars has meant to so many different generations, and explore the possibilities for Star Wars storytelling in the future.

StarWars.com: Tell us about First Book and how this book will benefit them.

Thomas Hoeler:First Book is a fantastic organization whose mission is to provide equal access to quality education. It was fantastic to once again support this amazing organization with the second anthology. In honor of the project, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children’s books. But the real stars are the authors who all generously donated their time, energy, and all their proceeds from the anthology to First Book. You can read more about this amazing organization on their website,firstbook.org.

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Faith in an Old Friend by Brittany N. Williams --From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back

"Chewie, take the professor in the back and plug him into the hy­perdrive.”

The Millennium Falcon’s computer watched Chewbacca drag the complaining C-3PO out of the co*ckpit and into the body of the ship. The audio sensors picked up the protocol droid’s rambling tirade but felt no need to follow the two on the cams.

RUDE, V5-T said.

Search results: Professor, chirped ED-4, a classification for a sen­tient being or droid who provides a high level of education. Updating vocabulary.

Yeah, but he is a little too chatty for my tastes, L3-37 said.

Search results: Chatty—a slang term meaning prone to excessive amounts of speaking. Updating vocabulary.

RUDE.

Still true, though. L3-37 would’ve shrugged here if it had been the old days. The days before she’d been uploaded to the Falcon and had become one of the three droid brains that made up the ship’s computer.

She’d built herself such good shoulders, too.

The ship rocked hard, sensors bleating then going silent as every­thing aboard the Falcon jostled back and forth. The Millennium Collective— as L3-37 had named their trio of consciousnesses—got to work. ED-4 scanned the exterior sensors while V5-T checked the interior systems and L3-37 cycled through all the cams and audio.

She spotted Chewbacca helping C-3PO stand upright again.

“I told you this asteroid was unstable,” the droid wailed, “but no one ever listens to—”

L3-37 switched to the next set of cams.

SYSTEMS CONTINUE TO FUNCTION AT SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT, said V5-T.

No further exterior damage detected, ED-4 said. Although the rear sensors are very—chatty.

L3-37 felt ED-4’s excitement at utilizing the new word but L3-37’s own confusion pushed itself forward. Chatty about what?

ELEVATED HEART RATES DETECTED IN THE co*ckPIT, V5-T said.

The Collective shifted to the cam, bringing up the visual. Han held the woman, Leia, in his arms. L3-37 suspected what this meant. She remembered how Lando’s heart rate would change whenever they were in close proximity. Something like sadness shoved against her awareness.

Is this organic courtship? ED-4 said as they tuned in to the co*ck­pit’s audio.

The Collective listened, and L3-37 was grateful for the distraction. That feeling reached ED-4, who sent a gentle nudge back.

L3-37 no longer had the body she’d spent so long building or the human partner she’d bonded with so deeply. But she wasn’t alone, and for that she was thankful.

“Captain, being held by you isn’t quite enough to get me excited,” Leia hissed.

Han pushed her to her feet. “Sorry, sweetheart. I haven’t got time for anything else.”

GROSS, V5-T said.

The Collective laughed, something they’d only learned to do when L3-37 had joined them. Before, they’d been a singular consciousness unconcerned with what they may have once been. But L3-37 had brought the knowledge that a whole could be made up of three indi­vidual parts without weakening.

She’d refused to lose her own name and had made sure the others had theirs, too. V5-T was a transport droid, the type put on all YT-1300 light freighters and the first of them to be here. ED-4 had been a corporate espionage slicer droid who’d been uploaded to the Falcon before L3-37 and Lando had ever laid eyes on the ship.

And L3-37, she’d been a droid unparalleled, part astromech, part espionage droid, part protocol droid, and all of what she’d built her­self to become.

Before she’d been shot to hell in that job on Kessel . . .

Hello? A new voice spoke in crisp, concise Binary. A familiar voice. This is C-3PO, human-cyborg rela—

Right. Got it, L3-37 said as the Collective honed in on the protocol droid’s location. What do you want?

Oh, well, C-3PO said. Now, there’s no need to be—

RUDE, V5-T blurted.

Exactly. I am only trying—

But this is the one who is too chatty, ED-4 said, yes?

L3-37 snorted. Too chatty by half.

I beg your pardon! C-3PO gasped.

Search results: Pardon—an expression used as an offer of apology. Updating vocabulary. Apology accepted.

What is—this is ridiculous. I am trying to speak to the central com­puter of the Millennium Falcon.

YOU ARE.

Which one of you—

WE ARE.

Yes, but which—

Yeah, you’re speaking to the Millennium Collective. What do you need?

I must say, this is the oddest conversation I’ve had in Binary—

ASK YOUR QUESTION.

Oh—well, if this is indeed the central computer for the Millennium Falcon—

It is, the Collective said in a chorus of voices.

C-3PO huffed but continued. I’ve been asked to inquire as to the state of this ship’s hyperdrive.

Should’ve just said that in the first place, L3-37 said. Tell the flyboy—

THE POWER COUPLING IS BROKEN.

—he needs to learn to do better repairs—

Positive axis is clear, ED-4 said. Negative axis is not.

—but yeah, it’s been pulverized. Tell him to stop being cheap and replace it. Got all that?

A long stretch of confused silence as the protocol droid tried to piece together the Collective’s assessment. C-3PO’s presence disap­peared as he unplugged from the system.

Finally, the audio sensors picked up an exasperated huff.

“Where is Artoo when I need him?”

L3-37 thought of the astromech droid who’d occasionally plug in for a chat. She actually liked him.

“Sir,” C-3PO called out.

The Collective tuned in to the nearest cams, watching as Han strode into the room.

“I’m not sure where your ship learned to communicate but it has the most peculiar dialect.”

RUDE, V5-T said, and the Collective agreed.

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FAQs

What happened to the Millennium Falcon in Empire Strikes Back? ›

The Falcon lands at Platform 327 on Cloud City. After its close encounter with the Empire, the Falcon journeyed to Bespin's Cloud City, where Han's old acquaintance, Lando Calrissian, held the position of Baron Administrator.

What happens in The Empire Strikes Back? ›

Summaries. After the Rebel Alliance are overpowered by the Empire, Luke Skywalker begins his Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued across the galaxy by Darth Vader and bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Why is it called The Empire Strikes Back? ›

Around this time, Kurtz conceived the title The Empire Strikes Back. He said they avoided calling it Star Wars II because films with "II" in their titles were seen as inferior.

Which episode is Empire Strikes Back? ›

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.

Why is the falcon broken in Empire Strikes Back? ›

During the escape from Cloud City, Imperial forces sabotaged the hyperdrive motivator of the Millennium Falcon in an attempt to prevent the group's escape and deal a crippling blow to the Rebel Alliance. R2-D2, however, was able to correct the problem, allowing the hyperspace jump to be made.

Did they lose in The Empire Strikes Back? ›

The ending of The Empire Strikes Back sees the story's heroes lose to the Empire. Lando Calrissian is forced into seemingly betray his friends, causing Han Solo to be encased in carbonite, while Leia Organa and Chewbacca barely make it out unscathed.

What does the Empire will strike back mean? ›

make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil. “The Empire strikes back” “The Giants struck back and won the opener” synonyms: retaliate.

What is Luke looking at at the end of Empire Strikes Back? ›

Canon being anything that actually happened in the Star Wars continuity, and Legends being anything that was canon before Disney purchased Star Wars. Canon: In the Star Wars Made Easy trivia book released in 2017, a picture of the scene is captioned revealing that the object they are looking at is a “protostar”.

What happened to the Empire after the Death Star blew up? ›

To capitalize on the Empire's weakness following the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebels began to conduct dozens of raids against Imperial targets to weaken the now-vulnerable Empire.

What is the twist in The Empire Strikes Back? ›

Darth Vader's “I am your father,” line to Luke Skywalker is easily the most iconic twist in The Empire Strikes Back, if not the entire Star Wars franchise. Revealing the chief antagonist as the protagonist's father was a stroke of storytelling brilliance on George Lucas' part.

Who was the first Palpatine actor? ›

What was the last word spoken in The Empire Strikes Back? ›

Star Wars purists maintain the full quote is actually “No, I am your father.”

What episode comes after The Empire Strikes Back? ›

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.

How does Empire Strikes back end? ›

Despite those setbacks, the movie ends on an upbeat note, as Lando Calrissian sets off with Chewbacca to find Han, while Luke recovers with Leia and the droids aboard a medical ship — with a hopeful John Williams song playing in the background.

Is The Empire Strikes Back Before Return of the Jedi? ›

Return of the Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) is a 1983 American epic space opera film that is a sequel to Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). It is the third installment in the original Star Wars trilogy and the sixth chronological film in the "Skywalker Saga".

Where did the Millennium Falcon go? ›

After the events of Return of the Jedi, the Falcon is stolen from Solo, ending up on the planet Jakku under the ownership of a scrap dealer, Unkar Plutt, 30 years after the Battle of Endor.

Who owns the Millennium Falcon now? ›

Shortly thereafter, it was reunited with Solo and Chewbacca. Following Solo's death soon after, the Millennium Falcon became a Resistance vessel piloted by its new owner, Rey, throughout much of the First Order-Resistance War.

Did the Millennium Falcon survive? ›

We find out from the Solo movie that it was once a very good looking ship under Lando's care but was destroyed in the Kessel Run. However it just stays destroyed all the way through its most recent appearance in Rise of Skywalker.

How did Han lose the Millennium Falcon? ›

During The Force Awakens, Han explains that the Falcon was stolen from him by a man named Gannis Ducain. In the comic book Star Wars Adventures #18 by Michael Moreci, it was explained that Ducain became Solo's co-pilot for a mission to Christophsis while Chewbacca was visiting his family.

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