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Robert Rankin

British author

1949   -  

genre: comic science fiction
country of citizenship: United Kingdom
occupation: author, writer, science fiction writer

Robert Fleming Rankin (born 27 July 1949) is a prolific British author of comedic fantasy novels. Born in Parsons Green, London, he started writing in the late 1970s, and first entered the bestsellers lists with Snuff Fiction in 1999, by which time his previous eighteen books had sold around one million copies. His books are a mix of science fiction, fantasy, the occult, urban legends, running gags, metafiction, steampunk and outrageous characters. According to the (largely fictional) biography printed in some Corgi editions of his books, Rankin refers to his style as 'Far Fetched Fiction' in the hope that bookshops will let him have a section to himself. Many of Rankin's books are bestsellers. Most of Rankin's books are set in Brentford, a suburb of London where the author grew up, and which, in his novels, is usually infested with alien conspiracies and/or ancient evil. In addition to his novels, Rankin held a position as the Writer in Residence of Brentford's Watermans Arts Centre during the 1980s, and organised a regular poetry event there which he claims was the largest in Britain. He also has performed on stage with bands. Rankin's fan club, The Order of the Golden Sprout (named after Rankin's fixation with the vegetable), maintain a website and arrange events, many around Brentford. In 2009 he was created the first Fellow of The Victorian Steampunk Society in recognition of his contribution to the genre. He lives in Brighton with his wife, Dr. Rachel Heywood-Rankin. During 2012, Rankin published his first 23 novels (up to and including Fandom of the Operator) on Kindle through his own publishing enterprise - Far Fetched Books - with new cover artwork, making them available to a wider audience, despite many of them being out of print.
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works

19

The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived

book by Robert Rankin

author: Robert Rankin

1995

The Brightonomicon

book by Robert Rankin

author: Robert Rankin
illustrator: Robert Rankin

2005

Apocalypso

book by Robert Rankin

author: Robert Rankin

1998

Knees Up Mother Earth

book by Robert Rankin

author: Robert Rankin

2004

Raiders of the Lost Car Park

book by Robert Rankin

author: Robert Rankin

1994

The Antipope

book by Robert Rankin

author: Robert Rankin

1981

The Book of Ultimate Truths

book by Robert Rankin

author: Robert Rankin

1993

The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag

book by Robert Rankin

author: Robert Rankin

1998

A Dog Called Demolition

book by Robert Rankin

author: Robert Rankin

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