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


Welcome to the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront!

700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 1-800-228-9290  /  1-877-212-5752

Our host hotel for NADWCon 2013 is located at the water's edge in Baltimore's Harbor East. It is a family-friendly hotel within walking distance of Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum and the National Aquarium - which has 5 varieties of turtle, 1 of them giant but none of them space...

View from the Hotel

The hotel has an indoor pool, with outdoor pool deck, that is open from 6am until 11pm; a fitness room that is accessible 24 hours a day; a business center and UPS shipping office located on the convention floor, and free wi-fi in the lobby lounge.

We have some fantastic discounted rates for the convention that include a modified continental breakfast. These rates are applicable up to five days before and after the convention, with 10% off the buffet breakfast on non-convention days. On convention days, breakfast is included in the room rate! Room reservations will need to be guaranteed with a credit card.

Room Rates per night including breakfast on convention days (taxes not included):

Single Occupancy $154
Double Occupancy $174
Triple Occupancy $194
Quad Occupancy $214

Please note a one night charge will be incurred if you cancel after May 31, 2013.

Check in time 3pm; check out time 11am.

If you arrive early you can always leave your luggage and explore the Inner Harbor, hang out at the lobby lounge/bar, visit the Aquarium or stroll the waterfront. If you are leaving on the Monday, the hotel expects to hold your luggage so you can enjoy the closing ceremony etc.

Reservation Policy

Reservations are cancellable prior to May 31, 2013. After May 31, 2013 cancellations are subject to a one night charge. If you do need to cancel after this date, please contact hotel@nadwcon2013.org and we will work with you to transfer your room to someone on our wait-list.

Credit Card Policy

Please note that whether you reserve your room through the link on our website or through the Marriott phone reservation system, the credit card information that you provide is held securely within the Marriott reservation system. As usual, the credit card used to hold the room will not be charged until check-out or when a cancellation charge is incurred.

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