Multiple generations have grown up with Star Wars in their lives – this year marks the fortieth anniversary of the release of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – and with a slew of new Star Wars books and films in the offing, that’s not going to change anytime soon. We wanted to take a closer look at the ways in which the franchise has affected us and the media we consume, so we asked twenty authors to write about what Star Wars has meant to them.

We’ll be posting an essay from a different author on how the Star Wars movies, books, games, comics, and so on have shaped who they are and how they write.

On top of all that, we’re running a sweeps – enter to win a Star Wars library for the whole family, plus a replica of Luke’s lightsaber and $250 gift card from Thinkgeek!