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Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand

Snake

Vonda N. McIntyre

Nebula Award winning and Hugo Award nominateed novelette.

In a post-apocalyptic world, the young healer Snake ventures into unknown lands during her proving year. Her genetically engineered rattlesnake and cobra provide vaccines and medicines, while the rare alien dreamsnake eases pain and suffering.

The story is the first chapter in the novel Dreamsnake (1978).

It originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, October 1973. It has been reprinted many times since. The story can be found in the anthologies:

The story can also be found in the collection Fireflood and Other Stories (1979).