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In the Pines
Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now
A six-part collection of short stories by Cory Doctorow, adapted in sumptuous comic book format by different artists commissioned by IDW publishing, including Dara Naraghi, Esteve Polls, Sam Keith, Robert Studio, J.C. Vaughn, Daniel Warner, Scott Morse, Paul McCaffrey, Paul Pope, Dan Taylor, Dustin Evans, Ben Templesmith, Erich Owens, Ashley Wood, James Anthony Kuhoric, Guiu Vilanova, German Torres, Danny Parsons, Robbie Robbins, Neil Uyetake, Chris Mowry, and Amauri Osorio.
The collection is presented in stunning 300dpi by VODO exclusively and includes adaptations of award-winning stories "Craphound," "Anda's Game," "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth," "After the Siege," "I, Robot" and "Nimby and the D-Hoppers.”
"Every one of these adaptations tickled me down to my toes”, said Cory, "-- they range from fantastically good to eerily get-out-of-my-head-you-mind-reading-weirdo good. What an amazing trip to have gone on with IDW!”
Quite unlike any other game, Bientôt l’été invites players into a strange and desolate space based on French novelist Marguerite Duras’ ancient Earth literature. Using the spoken/written word, the chessboard and copious amounts of wine, two players must negotiate their connection in a starkly bare universe. Existential!
From Independent Games Festival winners Tale of Tales, creators of such titles as Sunset, The Path and The Graveyard, Bientôt l’été bears the characteristic hallmark of rich atmosphere, unique stylization and cerebral engagement that makes this one of the most interesting games studios to follow.
"A blinding flash of understanding through a haze of modern static. That moment when we peel back all the layers of anonymity and alienation today's technology creates and bare our naked minds to the world. We get to be people again." IGN
The first in a five-part suite of dark ambient sonic journeys by Sabled Sun, evoking desolate, far away places and otherworldly atmospheres.
With accompanying artwork, text and titles, each album plays as a soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic movie - one that unfolds in your imagination as you sink into galactic depths of tone, texture and temporal collapse. Available as 320kbps mp3 and flac downloads.
The album 2145 will take you to the desolate landscapes of a fallen future, where a mans voyage after being released from deep freeze hibernation turns into a realization of his own shattered mentality.Official website
The year is 2054, and life is reduced to a data feed. The fusing of virtual reality and cybernetics has ushered in the era of the personal surrogate, android substitutes that let users interact with the world without ever leaving their homes. It's a perfect world, and it's up to Detectives Harvey Greer and Pete Ford of the Metro Police Department to keep it that way. But to do so they’ll need to stop a techno-terrorist bent on returning society to a time when people lived their lives instead of merely experiencing them.
The Surrogates is a story about progress and whether there exists a tipping point at which technological advancement will stop enhancing and start hindering our lives. It is also a commentary on identity, the Western obsession with physical appearance, and the growing trend to use science as a means of providing consumers with beauty on demand.
"The Best Indie Book of the year. Sci-fi tales are making a comeback and The Surrogates is quietly leading the charge." IGN
"An absolutely fascinating piece of work -- heartfelt and thoughtful." Fantasy & Science FictionOfficial website
Blink: Short-Film Selection
Supporting short-form is in our blood here at VODO and we're delighted to present this collection of four tightly crafted films sketching new spaces of possibility in a way only short-form can.
Directed by Zeek Earl & Chris Caldwell
Prospect is the unusual coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. She and her father hunt for precious materials aiming to strike it rich. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take control.
The Naturalist (2012)
Directed by Connor Hurley
A gay man living in a genetically modified society is given the chance to alter his sexuality. He must weigh his loving relationship, his dignity and his survival in this short film about the origins of sexuality.
In the Pines
Directed by Zeek Earl & Chris Caldwell
Simultaneously an exploration of nature and psyche, 'In The Pines' documents a young woman's hunt for extraterrestrial meaning. Part science fiction, part psycho-thriller, part poetry - this film crafts a scene viewers will be eager to revisit.
Directed by Mike Buonaiuto
A dark and compelling tale of genetically engineered machines that seem to be capable of love. In the film, it’s perfectly normal for war widows to have life-like robot copies of their dead partners, but things get out of hand when one Jouet starts to feel emotions”
Ghosts with Shit Jobs
In 2040, a generation of Torontonians have grown up after the economic collapse of the west. Ghosts With Shit Jobs consists of episodes of a documentary series popular in mainland China about the bad jobs some white people ('Ghosts') have––the plucky and resilient souls unlucky enough to be born into the slums of North America are both amusing and moving to the Chinese audience.
Oscar is a digital janitor, and has to manually cover up logos for copyright reasons in the future's answer to Google StreetView maps. Gary and Karen assemble robot baby dolls for the children of the wealthy in Asia. Anton and Toph are spider silk collectors. Serina is human spam and makes a living by mentioning brands and products in casual conversation.
Macro-satire on a micro-budget written and directed by Jim Munroe (formerly of Adbusters) with Chris McCawley, Jim Morrison and Tate Young.
“Excellent... science fiction is not dead. It's just moved from the cinema to the internet.” Wired
“Ingenious—a gripping movie that uses cleverness, not CGI, to paint a vivid and satirical future.” Cory Doctorow
Future My Love
Future My Love is an award-winning documentary meditation on financial collapse, utopia and love, challenging our collective and personal utopias in search of freedom.
At the brink of losing the idealistic love of her life, filmmaker Maja Borg takes us on a poetic road trip through the financial collapse, exploring a radically different economic and social model proposed by 95-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco. How much freedom are we prepared to give to the ones we love? And how much responsibility are we ready to take for our society?
Carefully weaving a texture of archive footage, black and white Super 8 film, and colour HD, Borg poignantly depicts the universal struggle between our heads and hearts in times of big change.
"If there's something self-conscious about the framing, the core is provocative and outward-looking: in searching for solutions, both for her own unhappiness and everybody else's, Borg transforms the personal into the unmistakably political." The Guardisn
"With Borg, there’s also an earnest, endearing fragility; she is quick to turn her analysis on herself and her relationship’s past failings, and there’s no smug, over-worthy indignation in her honest recognition that the hardest thing to change is ourselves." Sight & Sound magazineOfficial website
AI Wars: Fleet Command
This Space-based RTS from Arcen Games, for single player or up to 8 player co-op, seriously raised the bar for all Real Time Strategy games, winning a list of gushing praise as long as a battle cruiser.
'"You are outgunned. You are massively outnumbered. You must win." These are your orders. Humanity has already fought its war against the machines -- and lost. AI death squads stand watch over every planet and every wormhole, the few remaining human settlements are held captive in orbiting bubbles, and the AIs have turned their attention…’. (Shudder!). Light of the Spire expansion pack included for more fear-fuelled fun.
"Close to perfect" Dark Zero
"If you love realistic, complex and thorough space-based real time strategies, purchase this game right now as it is an aspiring space commander's dream." Tom Clark, AceGamez
Available for Windows and Mac via Steam.
AI Wars: Light of the Spire
Clarkesworld is a Hugo Award-winning monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine. Each issue contains interviews, thought-provoking articles, two classic fiction reprints and at least three original stories.
The magazine is a three-time winner of the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine and its fiction has been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, Shirley Jackson, Ditmar, WSFA Small Press and Stoker Awards.
With the Otherworlds Bundle comes issue 91 of Clarkesworld and then one successive issue each month for three months. After that, how about extending your relationship? For each new subscriber, another robot gets a new battery!Official website
Apex Book of World Sf
The Apex Book of World SF, edited by Lavie Tidhar, features award-winning science fiction and fantasy short stories from Asia, Eastern Europe and around the world.
The world of speculative fiction is expansive; it covers more than one country, one continent, or one culture. Collected here are sixteen stories penned by authors from Thailand, the Philippines, China, Israel, Pakistan, Serbia, Croatia, Malaysia, and other countries across the globe. Each one tells a tale breathtakingly vast and varied, whether caught in the ghosts of the past or entangled in a postmodern age.
Among the spirits, technology, and deep recesses of the human mind, stories abound. Kites sail to the stars, technology transcends physics, and wheels cry out in the night. Memories come and go like fading echoes and a train carries its passengers through more than simple space and time. Dark and bright, beautiful and haunting, the stories herein represent speculative fiction from a sampling of the finest authors from around the world.
"The great thing about Tidhar's collection is that it is full of such masterpieces. You do have to get used to having your mind warped as if by some powerful psychedelic. You'll definitely feel that way after Zoran Zivkovic and his Godot-like explorations. Or after Guy Hassan's thought experiment about the nature of mind and thought. But once you get used to the idea, you can settle in and enjoy the ride." 42SciFi-Fantasy.comOfficial website
Sabled Sun's sequel to dark ambient album 2145, second in a series of five concept-driven sci-fi soundscapes, takes us to the second year after our protagonist awakens from deep hibernation to a world in ruins. Seeking signs of life he encounters the illuminated cities still powered by automated energy and its robotic inhabitants moving with pointless tasks void of meaning.
Sabled Sun, AKA Simon Heath, takes us to a cold place of nuclear winters and lost hope in this genre bending release. Available as 320kbs mp3 and flac downloads.Official website
Out There EP
VODO exclusive! A bespoke compilation EP of haunted space-pop from five artists on the super hot Not Not Fun label out of LA.
Heavy on signals from way-beyond, this transdimensional trip of a sampler features the unique sounds of Maria Minerva, Group Rhoda, White poppy, Rites Wild and Sapphire Slows. Available in 320kbps mp3 and flac formats.
Tune it in and turn it up!Official website
The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone
In a dark downtown alley in Central Georgia Metropolis, a juvenile prank goes too far and a homeless man is killed. When the ensuing investigation reveals that the attackers aren't who they appeared to be, justice depends on the testimony of a single witness––a street snitch with a history of providing information to a uniformed cop named Harvey Greer.
Harvey is placed on special assignment to track down the informant, but others have their own designs, including a wealthy socialite and an ex-con turned religious leader known to his followers as The Prophet. As days pass and anger among the anti-surrogate population grows, the city stands on a razor's edge. Will punishment be exacted in a courtroom... or on the streets?
Set fifteen years prior to the events of the first volume, The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone sheds light on the past that binds the cast together. From the streets of Central Georgia Metropolis to the boardroom of Virtual Self, Inc., it takes us on a journey through a city struggling to come to grips with its present. As much a cautionary tale as a story of suspense, this book reminds us that tomorrow will be determined by the choices we make today.
"Surrogates is gritty, compelling science fiction with a story that grabs you immediately and hangs on long after it's over." -- Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing
"Flesh and Bone reads like Philip K. Dick writing an episode of The Wire... a smart, compelling and adult work asking questions with no easy answers." io9Official website
Brian Dilks (Jonathan Woodward) is an Office Drone. He spends his days at OmniLink in comforting monotony: facilitating the movement of product around the country, faxing, copying, joking with his best friend, Clark (Samm Levine), and harmlessly flirting with fellow cubicle-mate, Amy (Angela Bettis).
But how well does anyone really know the people they work with?
When Brian discovers an improbable secret about his best friend, everything in Brian’s world changes and his safe life of workplace detachment is no longer an option.
Shocked out of his mind-numbing routine by this new discovery, Brian throws himself into a star-crossed romance with Amy––yet close encounters of the office kind, like sales or intergalactic war, is an uncertain business.
We're so stoked to have this film! We've been chasing it since Jamie (VODO founder) saw it at Slamdance in 2010. The planets have aligned!
† This film is available as a world-wide stream only.
The Surrogates: Case Files 1 & 2
Plug yourself in for the return of The Surrogates, with new stories by the original bestselling creative team of Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, The Homeland Directive) & Brett Weldele (Spontaneous, Southland Tales)!
Case Files #1 and #2 are set in between the first two Surrogates graphic novels, following newly minted Detective Harvey Greer as he keeps the peace in a world transformed by surrogate technology: android bodies that allow users to experience the real world without ever leaving their homes.
Top-ranking goods from the brilliant Top Shelf Productions!Official website
A triple-album spin-off to Sabled Sun's Dark Ambient odyssey.,/p>
Signals is a series of Space Ambient works that portrays signals found by the protagonist from albums 2145 and 2146 on his journey to discover what happened to humanity, after waking up from hibernation sleep to an empty world, void of human life. A detailed sideways stare into the periphery of the main project, further exploring the 'soundtracks to imaginary films' notion through three expansive journeys into sonic space and texture.
Available in 320kbps mp3 and flac formats.Official website
The Otherworlds bundle (expired May 6, 2014)
Interstellar movies, games, ebooks and music: it's VODO's second installment of indie-sci fi bundle, Otherworlds.
Award-winning indie content from the edge.
Who is VODO?
A gang of filmmakers, musicians, artists, writers and technologists, spread from Wales to Germany, Canada to China . We’re dedicated to finding amazing content and getting it to you in ways that make sense. Meet our people.
& what do we do?
A good deal of searching, watching, listening, playing and reading. We consult a network of hardcore enthusiasts in their fields. Then we email, persuade, negotiate and cajole. We commission art and music and wrap it all up in an amazing release. Find out how we do it.
VODO is discovering & distributing amazing indie content... stuff that all too often gets lost in the digital noise— Erik Martin, General Manager, Reddit
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Our chosen charity
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