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

Registration Update 9/23

We've had lots of questions recently about registration. I want to re-assure everyone that, all being well, registration will be back up next week and that NADWCon 2013 is definitely going ahead as planned. Once registration is open again, the reduced rate of $88 will be held for 8-days.

When I say "all being well" it is probably best to elaborate on why registration has taken so long to come back up. So if you're interested please read on.

Registration was taken offline on the 31st July. Although this coincided with our last day at the reduced rate it was actually the credit card processing that resulted in us having to suspend registration. The underwriters for our credit card processor at the time pulled the plug on us with little to no warning. Some of you would have received credit card not approved messages. Since then we had to seek a new credit card processor and not end up in the same boat. Many of the credit card processors we approached used the same underwriter. Our new credit card processor is BluePay and their underwriters approved us at the end of August. However, as part of being able to take credit card payments online we also have to be PCI-DSS compliant. And it is this that has taken a little time in completing. We successfully tested the registration system last week and are waiting on the final steps of PCI-DSS approval which involves a vulnerability scan of our payment servers. This is scheduled to take place next week and "all being well" we will pass with flying colours.

I appreciate that for you, the fans, this may have been a frustrating time. I hope you'll all appreciate that the ConCom have been working diligently to get registration back online and in doing so are protecting you and your sensitive data.

That being said, we hope you'll all be joining us for this fantastic convention in 2013!

Richard Atha-Nicholls
Chair, North American Discworld Convention 2013