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

NADWCon 2013 Art Show Rules

TO ENTER and reserve your space in the Art Show:

Please complete the forms provided on this website, found here, and email to artshow@nadwcon2013.org or post to NADWCon 2013, PO Box 651, Severna Park, MD 21146. Please be sure to keep a copy of your information for your own records.

Entry Rules/Requirements:

  1. Membership to the convention is a requirement.  If you are not planning to attend YOU CAN STILL SHOW YOUR WORK! Your work may be brought to the convention by an attending member (“agent”).  This Agent will be responsible for your work (i.e. bringing and picking up).
  2. IT is STONGLY SUGGESTED that themes of all artwork for the convention should be fantasy or science fiction oriented. Since this is the NADWCon 2013 Art Show, we encourage artists to create artwork based upon the works of Sir Terry Pratchett, as long as it is not a copy or reproduction of an already published artwork or illustration. 
  3. We will allow all 2-d/3-d/relief and single copies of signed, limited edition prints in the Art Show if no additional copies of the same prints are available elsewhere at the convention.  This may include traditional and nontraditional mediums as well as craft or fiber arts etc. If you plan to include a kit, mold, or commercial pattern in your work; it must also include (or be altered) as to make it the Artists own unique piece. (We are trying to avoid 20 of the same character all done the same way here.)  If you have any questions on these issues, please contact us at artshow@nadwcon2013.org. We are HAPPY to work with you!
  4. NADWCon 2013 reserves the right to refuse to exhibit any piece of art for any reason. We will not allow any works deemed to be obscene, plagiaristic, libelous or in any way harmful to the value of trademarked characters or images.
  5. We DO allow NFS (Not For Sale) items, they should be labeled Not for Sale or NFS on the Bid Sheet.
  6. Artwork must be labeled clearly, and a Bid Sheet must be provided for each piece, EVEN if it is Not for Sale. (NFS will be noted on bid sheet) Please print the information legibly! (As the Art Show coordinator already needs thick glasses and is not adept at deciphering bad handwriting.)
  7. All 3-d art must stand or be supported by itself or be stable sitting on a table or platform. We strongly suggest that small three-dimensional artwork, such as jewelry or very small sculptures, should be displayed within a closed display case or securely fastened to a larger board or other device for display. All 2-d art/relief must be ready to hang securely.  This means art must be framed or matted (drawing/ink/watercolor etc) or if on stretched canvas or hardboard be wired or have the appropriate metal hanger attached.
  8. While we will have strong measures taken for the protection of all artwork displayed in the Art Show, NADWCon 2013 and RavenQuoth, Inc. are not responsible nor liable for damage to or theft of any items displayed.
  9. Check-in of your artwork will be on Friday July 5th. The update on hours for check-in will be provided in advance. Art must remain up/displayed until after the Art Auction, on Sunday.
  10. Artists will receive a copy of Control/Inventory Sheet as a receipt for art entered into the show, this and identification will be needed when you (or your Agent) to pick up any unsold artwork. If you cannot pick up your artwork, it will be necessary for you to contact the Art Show Coordinators prior to the end of the convention. 
  11. In order to protect the rights of the artist, we will not allow photography of any work of art in the Art Show without the permission of both the Art Show Coordinators and the individual artist whose work is being photographed. Please do not give permission to anyone to photograph your artwork without also getting permission from the Art Show Coordinators. Press photographers may be allowed take wide-angle shots of the room; however, no press photographers will be allowed to take photos of individual artists' displays without express permission from both the Art Show Coordinators and the individual artists.
  12. You are welcome to include in your display a description of your art background as well as your artwork, including themes, materials and techniques, along with a website or blog or other online information if you have them. You are also welcome to include business cards.  


Quicksale/Auction Details:

  1. The minimum bid listed on your bid sheet will be the lowest price you will accept for the sale of that item.
  2. If you decide to place a Quick Sale price on an item, please set that price higher than your minimum bid, since if a buyer chooses the Quick Sale price, that item will not go to auction. Of course you may choose not to put a Quick Sale price on any of your pieces.
  3. Each piece that receives three or more written bids will be placed in the Auction, therefore, choose your minimum bid price with this in mind.
  4. Auction items (and all Quick Sales) are subject to 10% commission on each piece of artwork sold.
  5. All payments to Artists will be made by check and be issued at the end of NADWCon 2013. If you are not able to pick up your check in person Please provide an SASE with your entry so that it may be mailed to you ASAP. Note: For security checks will only be made out directly to artists.


Awards and Prizes:

  1. By entering the Art Show you are eligible to be judged by our guest artist Lee Moyer.
  2. A prize and ribbon will be awarded to the top entry in each area: Amateur, Professional and Young Artist (High school). As Well as a Best in Show.
  3. Awards will be chosen solely on Judge’s Preference and all decisions of the Judge are final.
  4. Special Awards will also be given out to our “Budding Artists” as well (Middle school and below)