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PHILLIP K. DICK COMES TO VR WITH POST-APOCALYPTIC ‘THE GREAT C’

Of course a Philip K. Dick tale would be a natural fit — or perhaps we should say a synthetic one — as an early virtual reality adopter. A 1950s-vintage short story by the sci-fi visionary has just hit the digital marketplace in the form of an animated VR experience.

Following screenings at Venice and other festivals on this year’s film circuit, Toronto-based emerging media studio Secret Location is releasing The Great C, the first-ever VR adaption from Dick’s forward-looking catalog, as a “cinematic VR experience” for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, with a PlayStation VR version set to arrive soon.

Taken from Dick’s 1953 short story of the same name, the 37-minute film tells the story of Clare, a young woman who leaves the safety of her post-apocalyptic tribal village when her fiancé is selected by a mysterious, world-controlling supercomputer (named the Great C) to participate in a ritualistic, forced annual pilgrimage.