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

Guest Announcement - The Discworld Emporium

A special announcement for the 8/8, NADWCon 2013 are very pleased to announce the Discworld Emporium team have agreed to be our guests. At the helm of the Emporium is a small yet perfectly formed team comprising Bernard "The Cunning Artificer" Pearson, Isobel Pearson, Ian Mitchell and Reb Voyce. Everything they make is Terry Pratchett approved and created with due care and attention to detail. Bernard, Ian & Reb were delighted to accept our invitation. The lovely Isobel will however be staying behind to look after the cats, the shop and the business, all the while keeping the home fires burning.

The Emporium have been bringing Discworld to life for over twenty years, and during that time have created a range of figurines and a collection of limited edition sculptures known as The Unreal Estate including the Unseen University, Guild buildings, Thunderer Printing Press, and 'Bloody Stupid' Johnson's Mighty Organ. They have also collaborated on everything from film props to giveaway items for limited edition hardback books and film adaptation DVDs. The team are currently working with Terry to create a brand new Ankh-Morpork City Map, with more projects in the pipeline...