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 Now Open!

We are taking a cue from the 8th color of the rainbow, OCTARINE - the actual color of magic - and offering memberships for a special price of just $88 from now until July 31, 2012. Sign Up Now!

We're taking you to L-Space, where time and space and all of reality are bendable, changeable and truly MAGICAL! We still need volunteers for concom so please take a look at our Volunteering for ConCom page for job descriptions. You can also sign up to volunteer at the convention when you register.

We have a nearly endless gallery of libraries from the Disc. Some contain entertainments, others scholarly notes, and still others guests of renown and honor.

New information about the ever developing schedule and guest list will appear here weekly.

Welcome to the New Website

Welcome to the new website for the North American Discworld Convention 2013. This time the convention moves east and will take place in downtown Baltimore at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel July 5 – 8, 2013. Please note registration is not yet open. We will let you know as soon as it becomes available.

The convention is a celebration of Sir Terry Pratchett as creator of the Discworld and, of course, other works by the man in the hat himself.

The turtle moved and in another place and time the Maryland blue crab replaced it. Welcome to a convention based in L-Space! This is the convention that can take you to another place, another time… in an age of wander. Think of us as your friendly librarians guiding you through.

As you may well know, L-Space links every library, everywhere at every possible time. The convention committee has been planning and plotting and working with some amazing ideas. Also, the costume possibilities are enormous! This could be the first convention to have the complete cast of Discworld in one place at the same time! Now where did we put those sewing machines…

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