Howard Waldrop 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 dodo survived the extinction of the native population in the form of a flock owned by a farmer in the American backwoods. Won the Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Award.
- "Night of the Cooters", in which one of the alien war machines from H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds goes off-course and lands in Texas instead of England.
- "Ike at the Mike", in which Elvis Presley is a senator and Dwight Eisenhower a famous musician.
- "Man Mountain Gentian", the tale of the world's greatest zen sumo wrestler.
Howard Waldrop's works include examples of:
- The Catfish: "God's Hooks!"
- Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: "Ike at the Mike"
- Viewers Are Geniuses
- Zeppelins from Another World: "Custer's Last Jump"