Dreamsnake Author:Vonda N. Mcintyre Vonda Mcintyre won the Nebula award with her story "Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand." But the characters of the story would not let its author be: the healer Snake and her friend Arevin had more of their lives to live. — Here now is the rest of the story, a novel that is a brilliant addition to the field of science fiction. — Snake comes to Arevin's... more » clan to heal a dying child. In her world, helaers use the twined serpents as more than a symbol of their profession. The cobra and the rattler are essential to their work, as is an offworld creature, delicate and hard to breed, the dreamsnake. When Snake's is killed, she feels crippled; she believes she has failed as a healer. But she is offered a chance to obtain another dreamsnake, and though it means a long and dangerous journey, it is a chance she eagerly accepts.
During her quest she encounters the people of her future world: the gentle desert fold; the inhabitants of Mountainside, whose wealth and renowned beauty cannot free them from all ugliness; and the familis of Center, who no longer care what happens in the world outsied their city's gates.
Snake's serach covers more than the deserts and mountains of a future world; it probes the varieties of human love as well.
Vonda Mclntyre's book is one of a growing number of novels that reach the field's widening audience of women readers. The original story is sill being anthologized, and has been translated into several languages.« less
This is an outstanding scifi novel. It deals with a post-apocalypse time. The main character is a healer. In this setting, she has 3 snakes that become part of her treatments. I found it fascinating how modern treatments were adjusted in this world.