"Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand" constitutes the first chapter of Vonda N. McIntyre's out-of-print science fiction classic and Hugo Award-winning novel Dreamsnake (1978). The story introduces the novel's heroine, a gifted female healer named Snake, whose medicine is aided by genetically engineered serpents. McIntyre is known for her strong female leads, especially because she wrote during a time when sci-fi was dominated by male authors. Only two Hugo Award-winning books before Dreamsnake had featured female protagonists. Performer Dina Pearlman honors the legacy of the story with her proud, strong, and commanding delivery that easily convinces a reader that Snake can surmount any obstacle in her path.
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.
Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand won SFWA's Nebula Award. It is the first chapter of Dreamsnake, which won the Nebula, the Hugo, the Locus, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.