Howard Waldrop (born September 15, 1946) is an American SF writer of mostly short stories.
Wikipedia says of him, "His style is sometimes obscure or elliptical", which is unnecessarily tentative -- a Waldrop story is a story that you either get or you don't. If you do get it, it's awesome.
His stories include:
* "The Ugly Chickens", in which a researcher discovers that the [[DumbDodoBird dodo]] survived the extinction of the native population in the form of a flock owned by a farmer in the American backwoods. Won the UsefulNotes/NebulaAward and the UsefulNotes/WorldFantasyAward.
* "Night of the Cooters", in which one of the alien war machines from Creator/HGWells's ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' goes off-course and lands in Texas instead of England.
* "Ike at the Mike", in which Music/ElvisPresley is a senator and UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower a famous musician.
* "Man Mountain Gentian", the tale of the world's greatest zen sumo wrestler.
He has contributed to the ''Literature/WildCards'' series (he wrote "Thirty Minutes Over Broadway!", the story that set up the whole premise) and to the Website/TurkeyCityLexicon.
!!Howard Waldrop's works include examples of:
* TheCatfish: "God's Hooks!"
* DumbDodoBird: "The Ugly Chickens"
* MistakenForDog: In "The Ugly Chickens", the family raising the dodo flock think they're just a particularly ugly variety of chicken.
* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: In "Ike at the Mike", Elvis Presley is a senator, and Dwight D. Eisenhower and George S. Patton are jazz musicians.
* ShaggyDogStory: "God's Hooks!", in the spirit of all stories about catching improbably large fish, ends with the fish not being caught, making the whole story pointless. (Assuming you think that the fish getting caught is the point.)
* SpeciesLostAndFound: "The Ugly Chickens"
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: "Custer's Last Jump" is presented as a historical article from an alternate timeline, describing a Battle of the Little Big Horn fought between biplanes piloted by Sioux warriors and George Armstrong Custer's airship-borne paratroopers.