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

Greetings Artists!

We are planning for an outstanding Art Show and look forward to you being a part of it. Please see the Art Show Rules for details.

The Art Show will feature three main divisions: Professional, Amateur, and Young Artist (high school); as well as a special division for Budding Artists (middle school/grade school).

The Art Show will include both panels for two dimensional artwork, and tables for three dimensional artwork. You can choose to display either or both. We will provide hanging hooks, clips, etc., for your ready to display artwork at the convention. There is a maximum of three panels and/or two tables per artist. Any remaining panel or table space not reserved before the convention will be available on a first come first served basis at the convention.

To be sure of having your work in the Art Show, PLEASE reserve your space ahead of time.

AND!! We are giving you the opportunity to sell your work, both through Quick Sale or a Special Art auction to be held on Sunday during the Con.  There is a 10% commission on each piece of artwork sold, including artwork that goes to auction.

To reserve your space, please email your completed entry form to artshow@nadwcon2013.org or post to the following address:
NADWCon 2013 Art Show,
PO Box 651,
Severna Park,
MD, 21146
Please be sure to keep a copy of your information for your own records.
Downloading, printing and completing your Bid Sheets and Control Sheets ahead of time is recommended but completely optional. We will also have them at the Art Show when you check in your art.

The Art Show will also include awards for artists in each of the three divisions (Professional, Amateur, and Young Artist).  There will be the following awards given:

Best in Show: Honors Galore! Judged to the Best of the Best! Artistic Genius and all around creative Master!   

Best in Division: Best each in Professional, Amateur, Young Artist, and Budding Artist.

Honorable Mentions: given out at Judges Discretion to works that did not earn the top award but deserve special recognition. 

*THIS JUST IN!!*Special artistic prizes (i.e. art supplies) will also be awarded to the winners.

Additionally, we would love to have art programming at the convention that relates to the work displayed in the Show. Please send any art programming suggestions to artshow@nadwcon2013.org and programming@nadwcon2013.org

If you have any questions, please email artshow@nadwcon2013.org