In the Thrawn series, we learn that in order to navigate the hazards of the Unknown Regions, Chiss ships use special navigators that are Force Sensitive.
Called Skywalkers in Chi'un
This sounds very similar to another sci-fi universe. In the Dune universe, navigators are special humans that take a lot of spice and can get a bit of precognition, which allows them to navigate foldspace.
Did Zahn and the Star Wars story team acknowledge this as an intentional node to Dune, or is it a happy coincidence?