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

Guest Announcement - Esther M. Friesner

NADWCon is pleased to announce Esther M. Friesner will be joining us in 2013! Esther traces her association with Sir Terry to London’s 1988 World Fantasy Convention. They met in the hotel bar. On the floor. The bar room floor. Yes, really. There were no more chairs and it was all perfectly respectable and British. That’s her story and she’s sticking to it. When not salvaging her reputation (See above: “The bar room floor”) she writes things such as the introduction to Sir Terry’s own Once More with Footnotes. Of late she has turned her hand to the Princesses of Myth YA historical novels, the latest of which, Spirit’s Princess and Spirit’s Chosen, are about 3rd century Japanese shaman-queen, Himiko. Maeve of Ireland is next. Lock up your cattle.

Esther has won two Nebula awards, one of which — “Death and the Librarian” — was inspired by a pair of pewter miniatures given to her by Sir Terry at the 1993 WorldCon in San Francisco. She lives in suburban Connecticut with her husband, is the mother of two, harbors cats, and will inflict photographs of her grandson on the unsuspecting at the drop of a (black) hat.