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Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, the novel, builds on the story rendered in the ground-breaking concept album by Grammy Award–winning progressive metal giants Dream Theater. The novel, which has been written to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of this genre-defining record, adds new plot lines and intrigue, additional characters and motivations, as well as explanations and ideas not explored on the album. ​

Writer of Scenes from a Memory, the novel, Peter Orullian worked closely with the band through conversation and ideation in preparation to write this volume. From those interactions he began to envision ways to extrapolate the core story, build in rationale for key pieces of the Metropolis world, and introduce narrative elements to further expand and deepen the story that has become the novel.

The book will be released on October 26th, 2024. Preorders are now open for two versions of the book—a rare collector’s edition ($100), and a trade paperback edition ($25). Note, the rare collector’s edition will be a very limited run, and only available through pre-order, which will run until the end of July 2024 or until we've maxed the print-run, whichever comes first. Also, for those who would like a copy of either edition signed by the author, those are likewise only available via pre-order.

Novel Summary

 

Nicholas Santori, a sound-engineer who specializes in audio recovery, has had troubling dreams all his life. With the anniversary of his daughter’s death, those dreams have gotten worse, threatening the stability of his family and perhaps his own safety. After receiving cryptic messages about his dreams from his clairvoyant son, Nicholas seeks help from an eccentric hypnotherapist with questionable intentions. During regression Nicholas learns that in a former life he was a young girl named Victoria Page, that she was murdered, and that her case was never truly solved. Believing he can end his nightmares if he can solve Victoria’s murder, he finds retired detective Colin Murphy, who’s been obsessed with Victoria’s case since he saw her lying dead seventy years ago in the house where Murphy now lives. Together, they hope to solve the cold case, while someone is desperately trying to stop them.

 

But solving the murder is only half the story. Who was Victoria Page? Who were the brothers who vied for her attention—one an addict, gambler, and idealist; the other a politician with connections to the mob and the infamous Bugsy Siegel? Who was their father—Metropolis’s most ruthless industrialist? And how did all these inextricably and dangerously connected lives lead to the murder of a caring young girl who did nothing but share her artistic gift and treat others with an uncommon grace?

 

Orullian deftly weaves the two sides of this interconnected story across the twentieth century. From nightmares, to zeppelins, to anechoic chambers, to train heists, to mafia hits, to speakeasies, to heartfelt conversations about loss, Orullian’s propulsive imagining of Dream Theater’s critically acclaimed album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is by turns thrilling, suspenseful, and poignant.

IN CELEBRATION OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF DREAM THEATER'S GROUNDBREAKING ALBUM, METROPOLIS PT.2: SCENES FROM A MEMORY,

COMES A NEW NOVEL BY PETER ORULLIAN

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This is a pre-order sale. Books will ship later this fall, in conjunction with the novel's release on October 26th.

Note that the Rare Collector's Edition will only be available through preorder, which closes at the end of July or when we've maxed the print-run, whichever comes first.

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Rare Collector's Edition - Limited Quantity  ($100)

  • Full-length novel of Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, adding new plot lines and intrigue, additional characters and motivations, answers to fan questions, as well as explanations and ideas not explored on the album

  • In-depth Author's Note, detailing work with Dream Theater to create the novel, the process, approach on unanswered questions, character evolution, and more

  • Full-color dust jacket using original album art by Dave McKean

  • Five original full-color interior pieces of art depicting key scenes in the story, including some scenes not represented in the album, and some fan favorite scenes never before brought to life with imagery

  • Two additional original full-color interior pieces of art depicting Metropolis (1999, and 1928), as full layout endpapers at the front and back of the book. (These are in addition to the five pieces of interior art, making a total of 7 original Metropolis in-world images)

  • Premium integrated ribbon bookmark

  • Printed on 60# acid-free paper

  • Smyth sewn for durability

  • Bound in premium leather

  • Hardback boards

  • Foil stamping on the front boards and spine

  • Signed by the author

  • Numbered Edition

  • We will be printing a very limited number of this Rare Collector's Edition

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Trade Paperback Edition  ($25)

  • Full-length novel of Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, adding new plot lines and intrigue, additional characters and motivations, answers to fan questions, as well as explanations and ideas not explored on the album

  • In-depth Author's Note, detailing work with Dream Theater to create the novel, the process, approach on unanswered questions, character evolution, and more

  • Signed by the author

  • Larger 5.5 x 8.5 trade paperback trim size

About the Author

Peter Orullian is the author of several novels, novellas, and short stories across various genres and series. His work consistently features and builds upon music as an integral part of his storytelling. Orullian has also worked with Dream Theater on more than one occasion to help bring their music to life in written form. He is currently collaborating with New York Times Bestseller Brandon Sanderson on a new series that will feature heavy metal music as a key component. Orullian has been shortlisted for a number of esteemed fiction prizes and hit multiple fiction bestseller lists.

 

Musically, Orullian trained with famed vocal coach David Kyle (Geoff Tate, Ann Wilson, Layne Staley), has toured internationally fronting various metal bands at European festivals, and received the Private Eye Best Male Vocalist award. He has recently founded his own group Symphony North, a symphonic metal band focusing on highly crafted concept albums with strong narratives. Orullian has also recently novelized Symphony North’s first album, The Bell Ringer, which features members of Dream Theater as well as former members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as he continues to create at the intersection of music and story.

 

You can visit Orullian at www.orullian.com and www.symphonynorth.com

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