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

Just For Fun Quiz Answers - remaining answers

Questions and answers for week 7/1 - 7/4

All previous quiz questions & answers can be found here.

Q85: What are the names of Altogether Andrews' 8 personalties?

Jossi, Lady Hermione, Little Sidney, Mr Viddle, Curly, the Judge, Tinker, Burke.

Q86: Who is the owner of the Bucket pub?

Mr Cheese

Q87: What year did Lord Vetinari graduate with full honors from the Guild of Assassins?


Q88: What is the Firework ingredients book better known as?

The Monster Fun Grimoire

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Day Passes

Want to come to the North American Discworld Convention but only have one day spare? Well now you can! With a day pass you will get to enjoy access to the convention floor and most activities* for that one day. Day passes do not include membership and therefore you will not receive a membership bag or contents. All passes are available at the Convention.

$55 $55 $55 $45

Want to join us for two days? Why not pay the extra $1 and become a full member?! Full members have access to all the programming, including advance sign-up activities and they receive the membership pack with exclusive to NADWCon2013 souvenirs.

*Certain programming items must be signed up for in advance.

Sir Terry's Attendance at NADWCon 2013

A message from the Chair regarding Sir Terry's Attendance this week at NADWCon 2013:

I have received news this morning which I wanted to share with the membership as soon as possible. An e-mail received from Sir Terry indicates that the chances of him attending the Convention this coming week are extremely negligible.

Terry stated that, “This decision isn't to do with my health as such, but if Raising Steam is to be published this year – the thirtieth year of Discworld – we need to get it finished and right now I’m saying that the book has to take precedence of everything else. We’re presently immersed in the Big Read Through where all the real work is done and every word gets a polish.”

I know this news will disappoint many, but we should remember that all of us are gathering this weekend because our lives have been enriched by Sir Terry's books. This weekend is about celebrating and rejoicing in the works of Sir Terry, primarily Discworld. Whether he's in attendance or not I know people will have a wonderful time seeing old friends and welcoming new ones into the Discworld family.

Sir Terry promises me there will be some live chats with Pratchett Towers over the course of the Convention and he's even promised something very, very exclusive.

I look forward to seeing many of you later this week,
Richard Atha-Nicholls
Chair, North American Discworld Convention 2013

Update for Artists/Artwork!

Check in for Artists and Artwork will be on Thursday from 4 to 7pm and Friday from 10am to 3pm.  Show opens at 3pm.  I will be at my dealer table across the hall for much of the time but will pop in to supervise or answer any questions my amazing volunteers should need help with.  Speaking of which, anyone looking for a great way to immerse yourself in the deep clear pool of creativity that is the ART SHOW..Please volunteer.  We would LOVE to have you.

There is still a bit of space for last minute entries but the only way to guarantee a spot is to send in an Entry form found on the website.  At the Con open space will be available only as long as it lasts.  Any Questions!?! email me at Artshow@nadwcon.org 

Also I just received a wonderful box from Aves Studio who has donated prizes for the show.

Best in Show will receive a “powerpack” filled with an assortment of their products, The Best of Division winners will receive a pack of their signature 2-part clay Apoxie Sculpt and a pack of Critter Clay. 

Can’t wait to See you at the Con.  Until then (in the words of Neil Gaiman) MAKE GOOD ART!

Lyn Marie Neuenfeldt
Art Show Coordinator