One thing that has always intrigued me about Star Wars, especially in the EU, is hyperspace travel, especially the time it takes to travel and how ships navigate to far-flung locales. I've been working my way through the Essential Atlas for quite some time, but have really picked up my reading of it the last couple weeks. The maps and the writings have raised a number of questions in my mind regarding hyperspace travel. In the movies, hyperspace travel is made to seem like it takes very, very little time. The trip from Tatooine to Alderaan seems to go by in a flash in ANH. In ESB, it's never even shown that the Falcon uses its backup hyperdrive to make the journey from Hoth to the Anoat System to Bespin. While reading the Atlas, I was stunned to read that it took the Falcon several weeks to travel from Anoat to Bespin. Obviously, a backup hyperdrive has to be slower, but I didn't realize it was that comparatively slow! Even with ESB obviously trying to tell a grand story in 2 hours, I always had thought that it took, at most, a few (2-5) days for the Falcon to travel around. I mean, it ultimately makes sense, especially when thinking of Luke's part of the story, because I guess that means Luke spent maybe a couple weeks with Yoda instead of just a few days. Is the Atlas the only place such times have been reported? Does anyone know if the time from Tatooine to Alderaan has ever been mentioned and, if so, what it is? More generally, is there some place that a fan or an EU work has computed general times along various hyperlanes? For example, the Hydian Way seems to be a major, major route based on the Atlas. One of my favorite books is Courtship. The journey from Coruscant to Dathomir normally takes something like 17 days according to the book. Would it be reasonable to assume that the vast majority of that time must be spent turning off of the Hydian Way and picking a way into Dathomir space? It seems like, since looking at the map the Hydian Way portion of the journey is by far the longest in terms of distance, that it would be impossible to really connect the galaxy if it took 14-15 days to travel from Brentaal (where, I assume, someone coming from Coruscant would orient with the Hydian Way) to Botajef (where, I assume, someone heading up the Hydian Way would orient onto another route if their intended destination was Dathomir). Just a simple-minded extension of that would make it almost a month to travel from Brentaal to the Corporate Sector. Yet, most of the EU books I've read make hyperspace travel seem MUCH shorter than that... usually only a few days at the most (Courtship aside, of course). The Rogue and Wraith books, also amongst my favorites, rarely ever talk about hyperspace travel anywhere exceeding 2 days (and many journeys are discussed in amounts of time of a day or less). Is this greatly added time in the example of heading to Dathomir meant to be that a ship has to go much more slowly after orienting off of a major lane like the Hydian Way and taking many, shorter, slower jumps through space to get to a specific planet well off the beaten path? Another thing that I wonder about is curvature of the hyperlanes. In the Atlas, the various major hyperlanes are almost always curved in various directions, especially the major ones which look like elongated "S"s. Does anyone know how that curvature has been portrayed in the EU? The EU works I've read often talk of multiple-leg journeys, but I always assumed that various legs of a transit between origin and destination meant different hyperlanes (e.g. travel along Hyperlane A until the junction of A with Hyperlane B, come out of hyperspace, reorient onto B, and jump again). Are these legs also possibly reorienting on the same Hyperlane? Is the curvature just a trick of reducing the map to a flat sheet of paper like the Earth is distorted when reduced to a flat map rather than onto a globe? Or is there slight turning of a craft while in hyperspace? Thanks for any insight anyone can provide. I hope this can start some interesting discussion. The boards have seemed a little dead in the past few days.