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

Getting to the Hotel…

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

By plane

We recommend flying into Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) as it is our closest airport and the transfer possibilities are numerous. Other airport options include: Philadelphia (PHL), Washington National (DCA), and Dulles (IAD). Although Dulles airport is nearer, public transport is actually easier from Philadelphia airport.
Transfer options to the hotel from BWI include:

  • Taxicab ride or ExecuCar Sedan – approximately $50 each way
  • SuperShuttle van – approximately $15 each way
  • Light Rail – from Terminal E to the Convention Center stop – $1.60 each way. From the Convention Center take the free Charm City Circulator (orange route) bus down Pratt Street to the hotel at Harbor East.

By train

Baltimore Penn Station is served by Amtrak, MARC and the Light Rail. To get to the hotel either take the Light Rail, or the free Charm City Circulator (purple route) to the Convention Center and then switch to the Charm City Circulator (orange route).

By car

Baltimore is easy to get to with I-95 serving the north-south corridor of the east coast and from I-70 to the west. Parking, however, is very expensive ($26/day) at the hotel* and other city-owned lots. Other lots in the city are expected to be crowded for the 4th of July weekend. You may want to consider dropping luggage off at the hotel then parking outside the city. Airport parking rates begin at $7/day. Transportation from the airport is shown above. Airport operated garage information (free shuttle to the terminals) is available from www.bwiairport.com.

*Note that the City of Baltimore runs all Inner Harbor hotel parking lots and prices this parking uniformly throughout the area.

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For schedules and maps for the MARC train, Light Rail Local Bus and Metro, please visit the MTA website.

For more information and route maps for the free Charm City Circulator bus, please visit their website here.