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In the Eclipse short story, it says that Bail and his wife saw the explosion coming towards them, but in Episode 4, the planet immediately explodes. Is there a reason for this discrepancy, or was it just a mistake in the story? If anyone has any answers, I would greatly appreciate them.

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    Out of universe answer: Disney is incapable of maintaining a coherent canon.
    – Null
    May 1, 2018 at 17:03
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    'From a Certain Point of View' is a weird quantum state of simultaneously both canon and non-canon. Stories can have unreliable narrators, some extra drama added in, or just plain wrong. Due to the fact that most of the people involved are going "Maybe it is, maybe it isn't", I wouldn't treat eclipse as canon.
    – CBredlow
    May 1, 2018 at 17:34
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    Note that the narrator is a dead character. Maybe her ghost saw it :-)
    – Valorum
    May 1, 2018 at 18:48
  • In this case, I would point out other movie canon instances that contradict ANH on the Death Star's effects. For instance, Scarif and Jedha in Rogue One. Both of those have an expanding effect radius (I know that Jedha didn't take a full blast, is was only partially powered, but these are just examples that show that this might have to do with @Null's idea that Disney can't maintain coherent canon). Although, this short story might not be evidence to that since Disney neither wrote nor published it. Sep 16, 2021 at 20:44
  • @JeremyNielsen - It was published, as all things Star Wars are now published, with the explicit permission of the Lucasfilm Story Group.
    – Valorum
    Sep 16, 2021 at 23:33

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The very short answer is that the stories in the book are canon in precisely the same way as the film novelisations, graphic novels, etc. Where they agree with the most recent version of the films, they're canon. Where they disagree, they're not.

Matt Martin of the Lucasfilm Story Group relates this to Greedo/Han shooting first, but the same principle would clearly apply across the other stories too.

Q. Okay. Only fate will decide. Thanks, Matt. But before leaving, I had just one more question: Which Episode IV version is the canon one? The original or the Special Edition? In From a Certain Point of View, Han shoots Greedo first, contradicting the latter...

MM: FACPOV has a lot of contradictions, that’s sort of the nature of that project. But yeah, the latest film release is most accurate.

via Twitter - Matt Martin - Lucasfilm Story Group

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