Hunter wrote:I found L-space when I was searching for the meaning of it (L-space) and I wanted to know what was it. I'm not quiet sure I understood it by the way. Correct me if I'm wrong here. It says it is short for Library-Space, and is a theory suggesting that all of the libraries there are and to be, already exist in the ultimate existing space, the reality, and there isn't going to be anything new added to it, book, chapter, page, paragraph, line, or even a word, nothing new is going to be added to the current collection, Either that or it was something like no new story is going to be created, whatever is being made and will be in the future, is already in the current books, the words are only burrowed from the old books for the new ones.
You are very close to the meaning. As I understand it, L-space contains all the books that ever existed or will exist. Since they already exist there, no new ones can be added to L-space -- but that doesn't mean people won't continue to write books. They must continue to write them, so that the books will exist in our reality, where non-Librarians can find them.
The idea that the words are only moved around between books is a different joke.
Hunter wrote:But, still, I haven't totally figured the first lines of the book.
Can you once and for all explain to me that whole thing?
His dedication in Guards Guards, saying thank to all the people who laughed at and helped with the Idea L-Space. Too bad we never used schrodinger's paperback. That's where the dragons are. not dead. not sl... (i got the rest )
The dedication ends with Schrodinger's paperback. The next part, about where the dragons are, is the beginning of the story.
In my copy the part about the dragons is set in italic type, which I interpret as a sort of voice-over introduction, like when a television show used to begin with an image of a city in the rain and the main actor saying ""This is the naked city. I work here" and then the story would begin. However, in Guards! Guards!, the person giving the introduction isn't part of the action; it's Sir Terry himself. Sir Terry often uses cinematic devices in his writing. The introductory voice-over was used a lot in detective stories and this book is the police-procedures type of detective story. It just happens to be in a magical world.