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

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Convention?

July 5 - 8, 2013

Where is the Convention going to be?

The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 1-800-228-9290 / 1-877-212-5752

Do you have to be a member to come to the Convention?

Your membership is your ticket to the Convention and all the fun and frivolity that entails. Without membership you won't be able to get a membership badge and without a membership badge you will not be admitted to any of the Convention rooms.

What does membership include?

RavenQuoth, Inc. membership includes entry to all events and areas of the North American Discworld Convention unless otherwise stated, for example the Gala Banquet is a separately ticketed event. Your membership also gives you preferential rates on host hotel bookings.

How do I become a member?

Simply go to our Registration page to register as a member.

How do I pay for membership?

If you follow through the membership application you can pay by credit card. International members will find currency translation will be sorted out by their card provider.

What are the different kinds of membership?

  • Full Membership: Anyone ages 13 and above is eligible for full membership. Full members of RavenQuoth are invited to attend all member events and conventions.
  • Child Membership: Anyone ages 6 through 12 is eligible for child membership. The price is one-half the cost of full membership. While benefits of a child membership are the same as those of a full member, children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when attending all conventions and events. Please note that children ages 5 and under are free to attend, but must be registered with us.
  • Family Membership: Designed to limit the cost for a family, the price of a family membership is three times the cost of a full membership. Family membership includes up to two (2) parents/guardians and their dependent children.
  • Supporting Membership: Anyone, regardless of age, may be a supporting member. Supporting members provide financial support but are not invited to member events and conventions. A supporting member may, at any time during the membership term, upgrade their membership. The cost of a membership upgrade is the difference between the amount paid and the price of the upgrade membership at the time the supporting membership was purchased.

All memberships, other than supporting memberships, include access to all regular convention events and activities, except for the gala banquet.

How long is my membership valid?

Membership is valid from the date of purchase until August 31, 2013.

Who can be considered a dependent child in a family membership?

Here is how we define a dependent child:

  • Any child under the age of 18
  • Any child, regardless of age, with mental or physical disabilities that render them legally dependent upon their parents or guardian
  • Any child ages 18 to 24 who is a full-time student. (Please note that a school ID may be required at registration.)

What do I do if my Badge name is wrong?

Any changes to badge names or any other registration details should be addressed to membership@nadwcon2013.org

When is the Gala Banquet?

7pm Sunday, July 7th

Does the Banquet have a theme?

Yes, the theme is the Grand Victorian Music Hall

What is the dress code for the Gala Banquet?

The Gala is designed to add a touch of class to the weekend, with fantastic live entertainment and utterly amazing food to enjoy. Fear not, however, as we are not asking for tuxedos and ball gowns (although such attire is certainly welcome.) This is black tie optional. No tux, no problem! A suit or slacks and a jacket are quite acceptable for the gentlemen. The ladies may wear pantsuits, cocktail dresses, long gowns, slacks and jackets, etc. Costumes are encouraged at this occasion too!

If I get to meet Sir Terry, how should I address him?

Standard protocol when addressing a Knight of the Realm dictates that 'Sir' be followed only by their first name, rather than their full name, eg. Sir Terry. However, Terry does not usually insist on his title being necessary.

Please see the Debretts website on How to address a Knight or Knight Bachelor if you would like any further guidance.

Is there a theme?

Our theme for the North American Discworld Convention 2013 is L-Space.

When can I book the hotel?

You can book the hotel now by going to the Book Your Room page and following the links from there.

What are the hotel rates?

A single occupancy room is $154, double occupancy is $174, triple occupancy is $194, and quadruple (“quad”) occupancy is $214. If you want a triple or a quad be sure to book early to get a room with two beds. These may go fast!

Do I have to stay at the Convention hotel?

The short answer is no. The longer and more comprehensive answer is that you are welcome to stay wherever you like but you will probably enjoy yourself more if you do stay at the hotel. People tend to stay up late and get up early and it's a lot easier to stagger to bed if it's only a few feet away. We have also negotiated a special preferential rate for attendees of the Convention so you can save money on your accommodation costs. To book your hotel stay please go to the Book Your Room page.

How many nights should I stay?

We encourage you to consider coming early and enjoying the 4th of July spectacular fireworks over the harbor in Baltimore. If your budget or schedule does not allow for any additional time, however, the opening ceremony will be held on Friday July 5, 2013 at 7pm and the closing ceremony will be held on Monday July 8th at 3pm. It is possible to arrive in Baltimore on Friday in the late morning and depart on Monday night without missing much of the convention.

What can I do if I can’t get the hotel reservation at these rates?

Please email hotel@nadwcon2013.org if you experience any problems with hotel reservations.

The hotel reservation page asked me for a credit card. When will you take the money?

We won't. The reservation page is actually part of the Marriott Reservation System. The hotel requires a card number in order to guarantee the room. You will pay your room bill at the hotel when you check out, so you have plenty of time to save up.

How do I get there?

The hotel is conveniently located with easy access to rail, air and road transport. More information can be found on our travel page.

What if I can't come after all?

We will miss you! However, we regret that the membership fee is non-refundable. You are welcome to give or sell on your membership to another person. Please inform us of any changes/details of the new member by emailing membership@nadwcon2013.org. There are many online fan communities where you could advertize your membership for sale, including but not limited to:
The Facebook groups North American Discworld Convention 2013 and Terry Pratchett
The Cunning Artificer's Forum

How do I contact the Convention?

All the details are on our Contact Us page.

How do I volunteer?

You can volunteer to join the convention committee by emailing volunteer@nadwcon.org with a brief resume; or you can sign up to be a gopher to help with the daily running at the convention. You can do this by signing up when you get here, sending us an email at volunteer@nadwcon2013.org with Gopher in the subject line, or you can tick the appropriate box when you complete your membership registration.

How do I become a Dealer at the event?

Please see the Dealers section on the website. From there you will find the Dealer Contract and the Dealer Application Form.

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