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In The Empire Strikes Back we have this exchange between Han and Leia

HAN: Then we've got to find a safe port somewhere around here. Got any ideas?

LEIA: No. Where are we?

HAN: The Anoat system.

LEIA: Anoat system. There's not much there.

HAN: No. Well, wait. This is interesting. Lando.

He points to a computer mapscreen on the control panel. Leia slips out of her chair and moves next to the handsome pilot. Small light points representing several systems flash by on the computer screen.

LEIA: Lando system?

HAN: Lando's not a system, he's a man. Lando Calrissian. He's a card player, gambler, scoundrel. You'd like him.

LEIA: Thanks.

HAN: Bespin. It's pretty far, but I think we can make it.

What exactly was he using to search, that had such detailed information about Lando, and where to find him?

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    Just using some real-life knowledge, most ships have a list of ports where they can load/unload their goods. I might assume that the Millennium Falcon has a similar system for searching for space ports within a refined distance. – Boolean Sep 23 '19 at 17:31
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    I don't think the device had detailed information about Lando, Han just saw Bespin and knew Lando now controlled/owned it. However, that doesn't exactly answer the question of what he was searching through so I'll leave it as a comment. – TheLethalCarrot Sep 23 '19 at 17:32
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    Like @TheLethalCarrot, I never understood Han's computer as including any information about Lando other than -- possibly -- that Lando was the administrator of Cloud City in the Bespin system. The information about Lando being a card player, etc., was Han's personal knowledge. – Null Sep 23 '19 at 17:44
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    Space Google, of course! – Ernest Friedman-Hill Sep 23 '19 at 17:53
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    I'm bemused about the stage directions in the script referring to Han as handsome. Do they really need to include that? – Kodos Johnson Sep 24 '19 at 2:12
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His ship's logs.

“Funny,” Han said after thinking for a moment, “I have the feeling I’ve been in this area before. Let me check my logs.”
“You keep logs?” Leia was more impressed by the minute. “My, how organized,” she teased. “Well, sometimes,” he answered as he hunted through the computer readout. “Ah-ha, I knew it! Lando—now this should be interesting.”
“I never heard of that system,” said Leia.

Empire Strikes Back: Official Novelisation

Note that since this doesn't exactly agree with the dialogue from the film, it's considered Legends.


The new junior novelisation simply refers to it as a map.

Han leans forward. “Then we’ve got to find a safe port around here to complete repairs. Any ideas?”
Chewbacca brings up an electronic map on the ship’s main control panel. The small crew pores over it. Han groans. “Anoat system. Nothing around here but mining colonies and…” He pauses. He is suddenly interested. “And Lando.”

The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want To Be A Jedi?

The older junior novelisation concurs. A mapscreen (with a map).

“Then we’ve got to find a safe port somewhere around here.” Han activated a mapscreen on his control panel, and Leia leaned closer to him to study the map. Han asked, “Got any ideas?”
“No. Where are we?”
“The Anoat system.”

The Empire Strikes Back - Official Junior Novelization

This mirrors the note in the junior Storybook. A map of the local systems.

“Then we have to find a safe port around here.” He looked at a map on his computer screen. “Funny. I have the feeling I've been in this area before. Let me check.” He focused an image on the screen. “I knew it. Lando! This should be interesting.”

Empire Strikes Back Storybook

  • I thought all official movie novelisations were considered canon, or has that changed? – Mr Lister Sep 24 '19 at 12:27
  • @MrLister -The newest one is considered fully canon. The older ones are Legends where they conflict with what we are in the films or invent New scenes and dialogue – Valorum Sep 24 '19 at 13:44

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