Of Mist and Grass and Sand by Vonda N. McIntyre

I suspect the first time I tried to read this story, I abandoned it because of the setting and the set-up. I’m not fond of post-tech cultures, if indeed that’s what this is. It has the sense of a certain kind of made-up world fantasy to me.

No matter. The story’s a classic for a reason. I fell so deeply into the story that when I hit the emotional heart of the piece, I gasped out loud and scared the cat on my lap. Heartbreaking, real, beautifully done.

Collected in Women of Wonder edited by Pamela Sargent, Vintage Books, 1974.

3 comments for “Of Mist and Grass and Sand by Vonda N. McIntyre

  1. May 31, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Loved this story! It made me gobble down anything else by her. I remember loving the books, but maybe not what they were about. *Subliminal*, also lingers as a favorite.

  2. June 11, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Thank you, Vonda McIntyre is another one I’d forgotten.

  3. Suburbanbanshee
    June 12, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Of course, McIntyre is probably best known today for being an excellent Star Trek novelization writer and novelist, but many other fine sf writers of both sexes got moolah and name recognition from their Pocket Trek novels back in the day.

    They were truly a feast, because the writers were so good and so competitive, and the editors apparently also did a great job. It’s too bad that the NY Times article about ST fiction and fanfic attracted so much negative attention from Gene Roddenberry. (In his defense, he really really didn’t want to know about slash fanfiction, but he also didn’t like the idea of official novels with almost all original characters, which were virtually spinoffs. And unfortunately he did read the NY Times.) After that, the creative freedom of official ST novelists was greatly hobbled.

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