L-Space

Another place, another time... in an age of wander

  • Senior librarians are also taught how to deal with the dangers of navigating L-space, such as the "harmless kickstool crabs, large and heavy wandering thesauri, the .303 bookworm and the dreaded clichés, which must be avoided at all costs."
  • The name L-space is based on use of E-space (Exo-space) and N-space
    (Normal space) used by Doctor Who.
  • L-space, short for library-space, is the ultimate portrayal of Pratchett's concept that the written word has powerful magical properties on the Discworld, and that in large quantities all books warp space and time around them. The principle of L-space revolves around a seemingly logical equation; it is an extension of the aphorism 'Knowledge is Power'
  • {Books} = {Knowledge} = {Power} = {{Mass} x {Distance}2} x {{Time}3}.
  • Large quantities of magical and mundane books create portals into L-space that can be accessed using innate powers of librarianship that are taught by the Librarians of Time and Space to those deemed worthy across the multiverse.
  • Libraries with enough books to open a portal are often large and sprawling; those venturing into L-space may not necessarily know that they have arrived.
  • The floor and ceiling of L-space follow the floor and ceiling of the library used to access it; the best example of this is that the central dome of Unseen University's library is "always overhead".
  • In every direction and as far as the eye can see bookshelves stretch off, meaning the nature of any walls are unknown.
  • Essentially, all bookstores are potentially infinite in extent; gateways into literary hyperspace: "a good bookshop is just a genteel blackhole that knows how to read."
  • Because L-space links every library, (and also possibly Death's Autobiography Library), it is possible to reach any one of these throughout space, time and the multiverse. This means that there are potentially other forms of data storage other than books as it represents every library anywhere.
  • One can read any book ever written, any book that will be written at some point and books that were planned for writing that were not, as well as any book that could possibly be written.
  • Adventurers may find markings and scribbled notes on the shelves to help them navigate.
  • Opening Ceremony: 7pm Friday July 5

  • Closing Ceremony: 3pm Monday July 8

Call for artists!

Do you draw, paint, sculpt…CREATE? Consider exhibiting at the Art Show!  We are looking for work that comes from the brilliant minds and hands of our esteemed members. All ages welcome. Oh and did I mention prizes? Yes there are prizes! (Even beyond the endless pride you might find and showcasing your talent for all the NADWCon to see.) AND in further Breaking News, our esteemed guest Lee Moyer has agreed to take on the mantle of Art Judge, as well as having his work displayed. How could this get any better you might ask yourself? In fact it does! Because beyond the prizes, AND beyond the glory of displaying your work before the adoring NADWCon masses… we are also giving you the opportunity to make money! Now although this does go against the typical, iconic, and well established “starving artist” stereotype, we here at the con believe that artists might put aside their earnest pursuit of impoverished integrity for the chance to earn a bit of coin. SO as a final act of selfless charity (IE begging, pleading for you to display your work) we offer the chance to sell or auction your art. Of course this is not mandatory…we do know that there are those pieces that are simply “priceless”.  

Not attending but wish you could enter? YOU CAN! Details including rules, requirements, fees, and award categories can be found here.
Feeling inspired to enter, or curious for more information? Contact our Art Show Coordinator:  artshow@nadwcon.org