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

Sir Terry's Attendance at NADWCon 2013

A message from the Chair regarding Sir Terry's Attendance this week at NADWCon 2013:

I have received news this morning which I wanted to share with the membership as soon as possible. An e-mail received from Sir Terry indicates that the chances of him attending the Convention this coming week are extremely negligible.

Terry stated that, “This decision isn't to do with my health as such, but if Raising Steam is to be published this year – the thirtieth year of Discworld – we need to get it finished and right now I’m saying that the book has to take precedence of everything else. We’re presently immersed in the Big Read Through where all the real work is done and every word gets a polish.”

I know this news will disappoint many, but we should remember that all of us are gathering this weekend because our lives have been enriched by Sir Terry's books. This weekend is about celebrating and rejoicing in the works of Sir Terry, primarily Discworld. Whether he's in attendance or not I know people will have a wonderful time seeing old friends and welcoming new ones into the Discworld family.

Sir Terry promises me there will be some live chats with Pratchett Towers over the course of the Convention and he's even promised something very, very exclusive.

I look forward to seeing many of you later this week,
Richard Atha-Nicholls
Chair, North American Discworld Convention 2013