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

Baltimore Attractions

Why not make a full holiday out of your trip to Charm City and visit some of the wonderful local attractions. Please note that selecting an external link will open a new page.

Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum

When asked for the place of his birth, Edgar Allan Poe turned his back on Boston and claimed Baltimore instead. Visit the Edgar Allan Poe website.

Enoch Pratt Free Library

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States. They have books and personal papers from two of Baltimore’s most famous residents: Edgar Allan Poe and H. L. Mencken. Visit the Enoch Pratt website.

George Peabody Library

The George Peabody Library is part of the Sheridan Libraries Special Collections at Johns Hopkins University, it is housed in the world-reknown Peabody Institute of Music facilities. Visit the George Peabody Library website.

Fort McHenry

The birthplace of the National Anthem. Administered by the National Park Service in 1933, Fort McHenry is the only area of the National Park System to be designated both a National Monument and Historic Shrine. Fort McHenry is open to the public year round and offers visitor programs and special events that highlight the park's history. Visit the Fort McHenry website.

The Inner Harbor

Baltimore’s waterfront is a well-developed convergence of retail, public space, entertainment and museum complexes that line the harbor.

USS Constellation

The crown jewel of the Inner Harbor. Launched in 1854 as the last tall sail ship designed and built for the US Navy. Visit the USS Constellation website.

National Aquarium

With massive displays of aquatic life, an underwater “petting zoo”, rain forest and fantastic dolphin shows. Visit the National Aquarium website.

Maryland Science Center

A wealth of hands-on exhibits, 3D IMAX Theater and the Davis Planetarium. Visit the Maryland Science Center website.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Where the lives and contributions of Maryland’s African Americans are chronicled in the largest East Coast museum of its kind. Visit the Reginald F. Lewis website.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Where visitors wander through our past pop culture. Reminisce and learn how yesterday’s pop icons shaped us through media, toys and comic characters. Visit Geppi's Entertainment website.

American Visionary Art Museum

Celebrate the art that emanates from the inner voice or soul of artists that are self-taught. “Like love, you know it when you see it”. Visit the American Visonary Art Museum website.

Discovery, the Children’s Museum

Provides plenty of hands-on, fun exhibits that engage the child and parent alike. Visit the Discovery website.

Star Spangled Banner Flag House

The home and place of business of Mary Pickersgill, maker of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s famous poem that later became our national anthem. Visit the Flag House website.

Civil War Museum.

Visit the Civil War Museum website.

Baltimore Public Works Museum.

an institution dedicated to preserving and understanding all the largely invisible systems that sustain our contemporary environments: water treatment, sewage, natural gas, electricity, dams, bridges, storm drainage and so on.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The home of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. Visit the Oriole Park website.

Star-Spangled 200

The Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. The Commission is planning a multi-year cultural tourism and educational initiative to commemorate Maryland's unique contributions to the defense and heritage of the nation including the pivotal clash that ensured American victory, an iconic flag, and the national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. The official kick off for the state’s bicentennial events will be in June 2012, appropriately coinciding with the bicentennial of declaration of war on Great Britain (June 18, 1812) and Flag Day (June 14). While events start in 2012, the War of 1812 was a three-year war. In fact, Maryland’s involvement in the War began in 1813 when the British terrorized towns along the Chesapeake. In the summer of 1814, the Battle(s) of St. Leonard Creek, Battle of Bladensburg, Battle of North Point, and the Battle of Baltimore took place. Therefore, bicentennial activities will continue through 2014. Visit the Star-Spangled website.

The Chesapeake Bay

From prehistoric times the bay has provided amazing opportunities. Fossils show that water mammals came to its shallow, protected waters to calve – drawing sharks with the resulting blood. Today that fossil record is still available to the lucky traveler strolling along the beaches near Calvert Cliffs. Visit the Chesapeake Bay website.

Calvert Cliffs

A look through time at how fossils are made. Here you find the largest fossil-bearing deposit of Miocene marine sediments exposed on the East Coast of North America. Being careful of the ongoing erosion of the cliffs, beach strolling can offer a treasure trove of fossilized bones and shells. The lucky beach comber finds shark teeth. Visit the Calvert Cliffs website.

Annapolis

Maryland’s state capital, is a small colonial city on the Bay. Its wonderful downtown is home to many tiny cafes and restaurants where the genteel members of the state house mix with the U.S. Naval Academy’s ‘mids’, locals and liberal young adults from several local colleges. Plus there's an incredible ice-cream store! Visit the Annapolis website.

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Washington, D.C. is a train ride or 45 minute car ride away and offers an amazing array of sights. The better-known sites to see (all are free unless otherwise noted) include:
White House (tickets are free but required)
U.S. Capitol
Washington Memorial (fee for admission into the memorial)
Jefferson Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Viet Nam Memorial
Smithsonian Museums - including the zoo (all are free but admission fees exist for some exhibits and most movies)
National Cathedral

Less well known and mostly with paid admissions are:
Newseum
Spy Museum
Portrait Gallery
Library of Congress
National Arboretum & US Botanical Garden
Roosevelt Museum
Martin Luther King Memorial
Dumbarton Oaks
Post Office Pavilion

The list goes on & on!