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

What Can I Expect?

The North American Discworld Convention, like the Disc itself, contains a treasure trove of events and personalities. If you've never been to a con before (Discworld or otherwise) you'll find a friendly and vibrant crowd of Discworld fans here to welcome you. You'll meet people from across the country and around the world - all here to celebrate the Discworld and the amazing adventures we've all enjoyed.

We've got lots of events in store including: the traditional Gala banquet, the always-impressive Maskerade, the Charity Auction and the Art Show! Don't forget the amazing wares from awesome vendors and special events and panels with our invited guests. We're also encouraging the esteemed guilds to join in the fun and frolics, so if you fancy yourself as an artificer, a seamstress, an assassin or a clown, you'll be sure to be in good company.

And that's just the stuff we're telling you about now! Keep checking back, because we've got lots more in store!

We've invaded L-Space this year, which means that in addition to the usual assortment of Feegles, Trolls, Seamstresses, Assassins, Wizards, Barbarians, and Vampires, there may be a whole new assortment of creatures and people wandering the halls. The only limit is your imagination. If you don't feel like dressing the part, that's perfectly acceptable. Should you change your mind, a costume construction room will be available to help you create a last-minute marvel.

Take a look at the previous North American Discworld Convention sites to get an idea of what has gone before...

NADWCon 11
NADWCon 09

All of this is housed in one of the best hotels in the country, over the biggest U.S. summer holiday – and in the city of the Star Spangled Banner! The hotel, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, is rated the #1 Marriott Hotel for service of all their city hotels in the entire United States. Not only does the hotel have all the amenities you might expect from a top rated convention hotel, it also offers breathtaking views over the harbor (where the fireworks display takes place) from the convention floor and most guest rooms. The room rates are unbelievable for those booking with our convention and remember that lots of fan gatherings occur in those hours after the official events have ended for the day, so we hope you stay with us.

In short, you can expect an amazing gathering of like minded individuals, fantastic costumes and happy people. Not to mention the gorgeous guests, the dynamic dealers, the heavenly hotel, the marvelous maskerade, the alluring alliteration, the glittering gala banquet and of course, the flamboyant, the fantastic, the fabulous fans! Come join us!