Science Fiction novelette
by Howard Waldrop
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My name is Paul Linberl. I am twenty-six years old, a graduate student
in ornithology at the University of Texas, a teaching assistant. My name
is not unknown in the field. I have several vices and follies, but I don't
think foolishness is one of them.
The stupid thing for me to do would have been to follow her.
She stepped off the bus.
I followed her.
Mr. Linberl makes his fateful decision after an elderly woman sitting behind
him on the bus recognizes a picture in a book he is reading. The
trouble is, the picture is of a dodo
So, Linberl goes tooling off for the wilds of northern Mississippi
looking for birds which were supposed to have become extinct 350 years
ago. He's jeopardizing his career on a wild
dodo chase. But I guess this is just something he has to do.
Read the story1 to find out if Linberl gets to print his article
in Scientific American!
"The Ugly Chickens" won the 1980 Nebula Award for best novelette.
I thought I had originally read it in Omni magazine but I must have bought
Terry Carr's Universe 10 anthology at some point and read
it then. Later on, Harry Turtledove made "The Ugly Chickens" his
selection for Martin H. Greenburg's anthology My Favorite Science
Good choice, Harry. "The Ugly Chickens" is one of those stories
that makes science fiction worth all the bother.
For a time, the entire story is printed at http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/waldrop/
Still under copyright by the author.