Read the ugly chickens by Howard Waldrop Online


Free online fiction.From Wikipedia:"The Ugly Chickens" -- about the dodo -- won a Nebula award for best novelette in 1980, and also a World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction in 1981. This is perhaps his best known work.Originally published in Universe 10, edited by Terry Carr, Doubleday 1980....

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ISBN : 13137251
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Number of Pages : 22 Pages
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  • Andreea Daia
    2019-01-20 20:31

    I stumbled upon the name of this novelette while reading Warriors 2, which features another short story written by Howard Waldrop. There, The Ugly Chickens was mentioned in glowing terms, so of course, I had to temporarily set aside that book in order to find out why.Through a lucky coincidence, a buss passenger recognizes in the depiction of the long-extinct dodo, the ugly chicken she grew up with. The main character, a Master's student in ornithology, embarks on a quest to unravel the mystery of the dodos and to unearth the history of the family linked to them.The richness of this story, a Nebula and World Fantasy Award winner, comes from the attention to detail for (re)building the family's history. As I read it, I was under the impression that I watched a show on the History Channel. The fact that the ornithologist has always been obsessed with dodos—he used to have dreams involving royal families and dancing dodos—only adds to the illusion of reality. Here we have the (overly) passionate scientists, in search of academic glory, who forgoes sleep and food, in order to pursue the mystery of a (literally) stupid bird.The best part—the ending, which had me laughing out loud. Brilliant!You can read this story here.

  • Mike Rak
    2019-01-09 23:09

    Best enjoyed in audio format on the drabblecast. They do a bang up job of layering in meanings that go beyond the text.

  • Peony
    2019-01-11 22:05

    What a great little story! There were few sentences I found awkward (trying to be funny) but I didn't mind because the story it self was fascinating.

  • Dione Basseri
    2019-01-14 00:16

    Kind of silly, kind of melancholy. An ornithologist sets out on the trail of the last living dodo, long-since taken from its native islands and kept as...kind of weird and bad-tasting poultry. A look at the American South and its people, as well as at our relationship with the animals of the Earth.I wish I could say more, but it's really just a fun story. The very notion that one of the most bereaved animal extinctions ever could have been prevented if a bunch of people weren't hungry.Available as a free audio production from the Drabblecast, which accompanies it with a pretty hilarious song about animal conservation. And liquor trafficking.

  • Peter Tillman
    2019-01-18 23:02

    Waldrop's best story. I read this when it was new, and again in several reprints. Won the Nebula for good reason: it's a terrific story, and halfway plausible.Note that this is a *terrible* copy of the old Sci Fiction online reprint. Here's a better copy: are the many other paper reprints: