By Vonda N. McIntyre
The healer Snake travels via a post-apocalyptic international together with her genetically engineered serpents, the cobra Mist and the rattlesnake Sand, and with the alien dreamsnake Grass, whose venom eases ache and the terror of death.
Dreamsnake gained the Nebula, Hugo, Locus, and Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Awards.
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While other groups engaged local defenses, Ranji’s simply raced out over the flat plains, bypassing enemy positions on several occasions. They were heading for the high country, their target the communications and information center for the most heavily populated portion of the planet. Despite the speed of their advance there was some question as to whether they would even get into position to attack. Within a day of their touchdown, enemy opposition had stiffened to the point of wiping out several assault groups, and Command was forced to consider calling a quick retreat off-world.
Don’t worry, honored teacher,” said an enthusiastic Bielon. ” Murmurs of agreement rose from those around her. ” came a question from the back row. ” Yes,” said another. “How do they differ from what we have encountered so far? “ “Strategically we do not know what to expect, ” Kouuad explained. “Their tactics are unpredictable. That has been one of their greatest strengths, as it has been one of yours. They are famous improvisers, swift and decisive. Those of you who are squad leaders will therefore accrue additional burdens in the field.
As for Ranji, he burned with anticipation. Suddenly there were no more teams to defeat, no more bedazzled opponents to overwhelm and intimidate. Ranji and his friends had reached the summit of achievement: the planetary finals for their age cluster. Of the hundreds of squads that had entered in hopes of being declared undisputed strategic champions, only the team from KizzmatTownship stood in the way of Ranji and his friends. Mysterious, enigmatic Kizzmat, from over the Massmari mountains. Kizzmat, who in defeating one competitor after another had demonstrated skills and swiftness equal to Ranji’s own.