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"The New Albion Guide to Analogue Consciousness" is a 4-Act opera composed and written by Paul Shapera in 2014. It is the sequel to The New Albion Radio Hour and The Dollsof New Albion. It is the final part in the New Albion Trilogy, and the audio version of the entire play can be found here.

In four acts, each about a half hour long, it tells the story of Rachael, Connor, Lee, and The Mascot 3000 in the desolate city of New Albion, decades after the Dieselpunk Opera, and is narrated by the Mascot herself. After a life of woe and imprisonment, the orphaned Rachael escapes from an insane asylum where she'd been held for two years, both because of her claims that she can hear a radio broadcast proclaiming love for her and as part of a cover-up to protect a politician that seduced her at fifteen. She's given the Mascot 3000 by a mysterious old man (really Connor) and embarks on a journey that tells her how New Albion came to be the way it is now.

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The story deals with themes of AIs and Brain Uploading, as well as discussing the afterlife "Elysium" alluded to in the first installment of the trilogy.


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  • Adorkable: In the second act, Adrian and Lee are young, geeky, cheerful teenagers who want nothing other than Elysium and each other.
    • Also the Mascot 3000, who has the soul of a young girl that loves pulpy sci-fi and wants to go on adventures with her family.
  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator: Mascot 3000
  • And the Adventure Continues: The opera ends with Rachael and the Mascot 3000 choosing to wander Elysium and have adventures together. It is what they want, though.
  • Another Side, Another Story: "In This Episode" is a condensed version of the first act, but this time from the Mascot 3000's point-of-view instead of Rachael's.
    • In the second act, we see some songs from the voodoopunks point-of-view and some from Connors'. In the voodoopunks songs, Connor seems to be an evil mastermind attempting to destroy them and everything thing they worked for, in Connor's songs the voodoopunks appears to thrive on tricks and illusions and he's only trying to save the city and his son.
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  • Anti-Love Song: "The Deceit" is flirtatious and love-song like, but Adrian and Connor despise each other. Despise.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Mascot 3000 is a tablet, with human consciousness
  • Atom Punk: It's even in the name of the album.
  • Backstory Each of the four main characters have a solo song named after them which goes through their backstory. Also, the entire second act takes place twenty years before the events of the rest of the story.
  • Badass Army: The Blood Red Dogs
  • Benevolent A.I.: The Mascot 3000 is a thinking computer that serves as Rachael's mentor
  • Bittersweet Ending: Lee dies, but New Albion is saved and Rachael and Mascot 3000 get to stay in Elysium
  • Blatant Lies: The trick Adrian and Lee play on Connor in "The Deceit" is clearly, clearly a trick—he falls for it anyway.
  • Brain Uploading: Oh, boy. Mascot 3000, for starters. In the end, thirty survivors in Elysium choose AI conversion over reincarnation.
  • Break the Cutie: This happens to both Adrian and Lee when their dream of Elysium turns out to be living hell and Adrian is killed
    • This also happens to Rachael, again and again and again. Both before the album takes place and during it.
  • Breather Episode: "The Lovers" and "The Deceit" are two catchy and comical songs in the middle of an otherwise serious album.
  • Call-Back: Many, many times they reference the earlier albums in the trilogy.
    • Connor sings the police officer's catchphrase from "The Day They Came" for the first opera and "The Bust" for the second. See Running Gag.
    • Connor also reprises Solider 7285's catchphrase from The Dolls Of New Albion
    Solider 7285: And I will bring you down!
    Connor I vow, I'll bring you down
    Thomas: How have you survived up here so long?
    Rachael: How have you survived here for so long?
    • Right after this, the Blood Red Dogs sing the anthem that got a whole song in the Radio Hour.
    • Lloyd Allen, the All-Knowing Singing Narrator of the last opera, makes a brief cameo appearance in the song "In This Episode"
    Lloyd: And now, we tune in to the astonishing adventures of Rachael, and the Mascot 3000
  • Character Narrator: The Mascot 3000. They sing New Albions 8, 9, and 10, and narrate the entire second act in-universe.
  • The Chew Toy: Connor. By the end, you kind of enjoy watching him suffer.
  • The Chosen One: Rachael, to an extent
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Mascot 3000 is this to Rachael throughout the album. Lee can also be this to Rachael at times.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: Everyone thought insane, unreliable Rachael was hallucinating Lee's song over the radio. She wasn't.
  • Cult: The voodoopunks
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All four lead roles
  • Death World: Elysium, at least if you go there while still alive.
  • Dramatic Irony: "Connor (reprise)", enough said
  • Driven to Suicide: Subverted. After finding out that Lee (the man whose voice she heard proclaiming love for her over the radio broadcast in her head) is gay and therefore wouldn't be in a relationship with her, Rachael loses the shred of hope she'd held onto for years and hands herself to the Creatures. They don't kill her, though
  • The Eleven O'Clock Number: "The Rescue Plan"
  • False Utopia: New Albion could be viewed as this—fitting as it was a pretty nice Quirky Town in the first album and a City Noir in the second.
  • Four-Man Band:
  • Genre Savvy: Mascot 3000 knows a whole lot about other world sci-fi adventures due to spending most of her life reading comic books until Connor finds her.
  • The Ghost: Although she is a very important character, Amber never appears.
  • Guile Hero: Rachael quickly becomes savvy, clever, and Street Smart after finding and living in the Shopogopolis.
  • Grief Song: Connor and Lee each have one. Connor's is simply called "Connor", and Lee's is simply called "Lee"
  • Hearing Voices: Subverted. The song on the radio that Rachael hears is quite real, but because no one else can hear it, they all thought she was hearing voices in her mind.
  • Heroic BSoD: "The Show That No One Saw" for Rachael
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Lee dies because he chose to stay behind with Rachael.
  • Idiot Hero: Adrian seems to fit the bill. He rarely thinks anything through and his whole arc revolves him making really dumb mistakes. Doubles as Too Dumb to Live
  • Incompatible Orientation: Rachael loves Lee. He was in love with a man named Adrian who died. To add insult to injury, Rachael is Adrian reincarnate
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Project Elysium, building an amazing city in the world of the afterlife, seemed brilliant.
  • "I Want" Song: Rachael has a song, actually called Rachael, where she expresses her desire to leave the asylum.
    • "Kyrie" is another example that Adrian sings about Project Elysium.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Lee's last word is 'after'
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Connor spends all his time fighting the voodoopunks, and Lee is a voodoopunk. But Connor doesn't know.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Mascot 3000, I am your father says Connor
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Kyrie. It's a happy, upbeat disco song in which a major part of the chorus is Kyrie Elysion, a Greek prayer literally meaning Lord, have mercy. This actually provides a good piece of foreshadowing about the true nature of Elysium.
  • The Mentor: The Mascot 3000, to Rachael
  • Not Good with People: Word of God reveals here that Rachael has a tendency to get stressed and freak out when around people.
  • Only Sane Man: Connor is the only person to realize the problems with Arcadia and voodoopunk.
  • Parental Love Song: Many of Connor's songs are about his parental love for his son Lee
  • Please Wake Up: Rachael begs this of Lee.
  • Reincarnation: In "Rachael Returns", Yasser reveals Rachael to be a reincarnation of Adrain. In "The Creatures Speak", Mascot explains that Rachael is also a reincarnation of Priscilla Mcalistair and Constance O'Brien, from the earlier albums. Word of God says that Lee is a reincarnation of Solider 7285 and of Thomas, who were also from the other albums
  • Rescued from the Underworld: The hundred surviving voodoopunks/Blood Red Dogs are rescued from Elysium, except for Lee, who dies
  • The Reveal: Who would have guessed that Adrian was male? Not Rachael, that's for sure. Also not the audience. But everyone else knew.
  • Running Gag: Throughout the entire New Albion trilogy, there's this one line that always means something awful is going to happen. This time, Connor gets it.
    Connor: And on the day we come, it's over.
  • Sibling Team: Sort of. Connor and Amber had Mascot 3000, then Amber had Adrian and Connor had Lee, both with other people. Then Adrian was reincarnated as Rachael. Therefore, Lee and Rachael, although they have no blood relation, are both the half-sibling to Mascot, and when the three of them team up they become this trope
  • Sidekick Song: "In This Episode" for the Mascot 3000, who is something of Rachael's sidekick.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Rachael is very smart, very brave, and very willing—the only problem is that she has spent the last two years in an asylum and is terrible with interacting with other people, which makes her something of The Poorly Chosen One at first.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Poor Lee
  • Straight Gay: Lee, in contrast to his extremely feminine lover, Adrian
  • Street Smart: Rachael starts out as the opposite due to spending two years in an asylum, but after a little while in the Shopogopolis she becomes this and a Guile Hero
  • Tagalong Chronicler: Mascot 3000 doesn't do much other than narrate the story
  • Teen Genius: Word of God reveals Rachael to be this here
  • Took a Level in Badass: Racheal.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Lee After he spent twenty years fighting for his life, and loses Adrian after two of those years.
  • You Are Number 6: The Mascot 3000's name is, well, the Mascot 3000
  • Villain Song: Subverted. Connor's not evil at all, but he does want to destroy the voodoopunks so Adrian and Lee see him as evil. He gets several verses in several songs about his plans to destroy voodoopunk.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Connor, Connor, Connor.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The second act takes place a generation before the first, third, and fourth acts.
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