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Rankin, Robert 1949-

Works: 139 works in 429 publications in 6 languages and 8,823 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Humorous fiction  Science fiction  Fantasy fiction  Steampunk fiction  Alternative histories (Fiction)  Suspense fiction  Fantasy fiction, English  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Illustrator, Photographer, Honoree, Producer
Classifications: PR6068.A574, 823.914
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The hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse by Robert Rankin( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jack sets out to seek his fortune in Toy City and hooks up with Eddie Baer as they try to stop a serial killer who is murdering old nursery rhyme characters
The witches of Chiswick by Robert Rankin( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cabal of Victorian witches, working with advanced super-computers, rewrites 19th century history, and a 23rd century boy called Will Starling uncovers the truth about everything
Necrophenia by Robert Rankin( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A monster in human form intends to turn Earth into a Necrosphere, a planet totally devoid of life. And there's a lost city of gold and there's millions of zombies, as well as gratuitous sex and violence, beautiful but dangerous dames, a trail of corpses-- and, of course, a really spectacular rooftop showdown
The toyminator by Robert Rankin( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Somewhere over the rainbow and just off the Yellow Brick Road stands Toy City, formerly known as Toy Town. And things are not going well for the citys inhabitants. There have been outbreaks of STC - Spontaneous Toy Combustion - and there are strange signs and portents in the Heavens. Preachers of Toy Citys many religions are predicting that the End Times are approaching and that a Toy City Apocalypse will soon come to pass. But can this possibly be true, or is there a simple explanation - an alien invasion, for instance. With the body count rising and the forces of law and order baffled, it is the time for a hero to step forward and attempt to save the day. Well, two heroes actually, Eddie Bear, Toy City Private Eye and his loyal sidekick, Jack: our courageous twosome are about to face their biggest challenge yet, to save not only toykind, but the world of mankind too. Which should keep them out of the pub for a while
The da-da-de-da-da code by Robert Rankin( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world's Master of Far-Fetched Fiction takes us into the heart of the Da Da De Da Da Code, wherein lies the music of the angels--and the music of the devil. Aliens, flying saucers from hell, the Multiverse, the Illuminati--every wacky, way-out conspiracy theory ever heard are all here, wrapped into a plot that will leave Dan Brown fans breathless, Michael Shea readers stupefied, and Raymond Khoury lovers incredulous.--from
Retromancer by Robert Rankin( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is big and evil magic abroad upon the face of the Earth. History has been changed: the Germans won WWII, America is a nuclear wasteland, and The Wife's Legs Cafe is serving Bratwurst rather than the proper British banger. To set it all right, the world needs Hugo Rune, a man who offers the world his genius, and asks only that the world cover his expenses. Hugo's job rewriting history includes a faithful acolyte, beautiful spies, advanced alien technology, killer robots, death rays, an ancient god and Hugo's arch-enemy, the sinister County Otto Black
The Brightonomicon by Robert Rankin( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Were you aware that there are, hidden in the streets of Brighton, twelve ancient constellations, like the Hangleton Hound and the Bevendean Bat ... well, there are: and on each one hangs a tale, a tale so strange that only The Lad Himself, that inveterate spinner of tales and talker of the toot, Hugo Rune, can get to the bottom of them
The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and other unnatural attractions by Robert Rankin( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Polish and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's 1895, nearly a decade after Martians invaded Earth, and the remains of the original alien autopsy no longer draw crowds at Professor Coffin's Most Meritorious Unnatural Attraction sideshow. What he needs is a sensational new attraction like the Japanese Devil Fish Girl. Unfortunately, his quest will take him into uncharted realms and may even spark off Worlds War Two
The mechanical messiah and other marvels of the modern age by Robert Rankin( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Colonel Katterfelto has returned to London, having departed America under something of a cloud--of smoke, issuing from his Spiritual Laboratory, which the townsfolk of Wormcast, Arizona, marched upon with their flaming torches. This catastrophic conflagration caused considerable concern to the pious colonel, who had been engaged in the creation of "Heaven's last and best gift to Mankind," The Mechanical Messiah--he was, after all, being guided in this Great Work by holy angels, communicating to him through his monkey butler, Darwin. It is 1897, the British Empire encompasses Mars, and an uneasy peace exists between the peoples of Venus, Jupiter, and Earth. In London the marvels of the modern age to be experienced include The Electric Alhambra Music Hall, where crowds thrill to The Earl Grey Whistle Test--a musical extravaganza featuring such top turns as Hayward's Acrobatic Kiwis, The Travelling Formbys, and the newly-arrived Colonel Katterfelto's Clockwork Minstrels. But all is far from well in old Whitechapel, where a monster is once more abroad in the night-time streets, committing hideous acts of murder. Can this be the return of Jack the Ripper, or has something altogether unearthly and Hellishly evil materialized? Famed consulting detective Cameron Bell is already on the case, but it may take nothing less than the New Messiah Himself to save London, The Empire, and all of the solar system from the impending apocalypse!", viewed November 8, 2011
Knees up mother earth by Robert Rankin( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There's big trouble in Little Brentford. Property developers are planning to destroy Griffin Park, the borough's beloved football ground, and build executive homes on the site. Horror! Shock! Outrage! Something must be done." "The lads of The Flying Swan, Brentford's most celebrated drinking house, take up the challenge. Norman, keeper of the cornershop, has some ideas. He's recently discovered a Victorian computer which holds the long-lost secrets of the secret super-technology of a bygone age. And Archroy, Brentford's lone yachtsman and explorer, has just returned from his seventh voyage, bringing with him the fabled Golden Fleece." "Then there's Jim Pooley and John Omally, unemployed bachelors of this parish. And an aged, learned professor. And that Victorian time traveller who's recently materialised in Norman's kitchen." "Surely with all these stalwarts working for the cause, Brentford's football ground is as good as saved." "But this is Brentford, and ancient forces of evil - Old Testament terrors, Lovecraftian loathsomes and beasties from the bottomless pit, that sort of evil - are stirring. If the team make it through to the final, it's going to be a match that no one will forget." "What with the fate of mankind hanging upon the result and everything."--BOOK JACKET
The fandom of the operator by Robert Rankin( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gary Cheese is twenty-two years of age. His hobbies include music, girls, TV and the detective novels of the twentieth century's bestselling novelist, the now legendary P.P. Penrose. And attempting to reanimate the dead. Gary's got this new job in the telecommunications industry. And, according to this rumour he's heard, there exists certain technology that can actually let you speak to the dead."--Jacket
The educated ape and other wonders of the worlds by Robert Rankin( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

THE YEAR IS 1899 AND THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END! An epic in four movements, this is the third book in Robert Rankin's highly acclaimed meta-Victorian series. Comparable to Pratchett or Douglas Adams, the Father of Far Fetched Fiction has pulled out all of the stops with this riotous tale of wicked women, a dangerous detective and Darwin the educated ape. Lord Brentford has a dream. To create a Grand Exposition that will showcase The Wonders of the Worlds and encourage peace between the inhabited planets of Venus, Jupiter and Earth. Ernest Rutherford has a dream. To construct a time ship, powered by the large hadron collider he has built beneath the streets of London. Cameron Bell is England's greatest detective and he, too, has a dream. To solve the crime of the century before it takes place, without blowing up any more of London's landmarks. Darwin is a monkey butler and he also has a dream. To end Man's inhumanity to Monkey and bring a little joy into the world. Lavinia Dharkstorrm has a dream of her own. Although hers is more of a nightmare. To erase Man and Monkey alike from the face of the Earth and to hasten in the End of Days. Then there is the crime-fighting superlady, all those chickens from the past and the unwelcome arrival of The Antichrist. Things are looking rather grim on planet Earth
Web site story by Robert Rankin( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and German and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

They wrote it off as a scare story. The Millennium Bug: the non-event of the 20th century. But they were wrong, because the Bug is real. It's a computer virus, and it's about to make the deadly species crossover from machine to mankind. The Black Death was spread by rats. This plague will be spread by a mouse. The computer mouse. And do you know how many different kinds of computer viruses there are? And just what they might do to you if you become infected? No? To find out more, read this book. Or just log on to the Brentfordland® web site. Go on. What harm can it do? When Robert Rankin embarked on his writing career in the late 1970s, he created an entirely new literary genre: Far-Fetched Fiction
Nostradamus ate my hamster by Robert Rankin( Recording )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Software is used to produce moving holograms of famous film stars. The technique is used to make a movie unlike any ever made, starring dead film stars
The fandom of the operator by Robert Rankin( Recording )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nostradamus ate my hamster by Robert Rankin( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and Polish and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert wants to be a star in the movies. He has invented a system with his computer that could put the old stars back on the screen, alongside him. He has the script and the money, but Hollywood isn't keen. Could the perfect partnership lie with Ernest Fudgepacker of Fudgepacker's Emporium?
The chickens of Atlantis and other fowl and filthy fiends : being the memoirs and musings of a time-travelling Victorian monkey butler by Robert Rankin( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Rankin, the master of far-fetched fiction, presents, for the first time, a book written in 'the first monkey'. Sure to be taken up as the newest of literary fads, Darwin, the Educated Ape here tells his life story to his legions of fans.Featuring: Chickens! Martians! Doodlebugs! The Far Future! The Distant Past! Sherlock Holmes! Winston Churchill! Dynamite! More Monkeys than you can shake a stick at! Barmen! Pubs! The End of the World and more! The fourth in Robert Rankin's series of steampunk-tinged Victoriana novels featuring the master detective Cameron Bell (who has an unfortunate fondness for blowing up major landmarks) and his companion, Darwin, the Educated Ape
Waiting for Godalming by Robert Rankin( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and German and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God's other son, Colin, who was edited out of the Bible when Jesus got artistic control, is a bit pissed off. Well wouldn't you be, with your brother stealing the lime-light like that? But now God's been murdered, and there's no way Colin's gonna let the meek inherit the Earth. He's in charge now
Sex and drugs and sausage rolls by Robert Rankin( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The anarchic comedy of one man who realises his secret ambition to get into the music industry - managing a band called Gandhi's Hairdryer. He's soon to find out that there is something very odd about the band, something "other-worldly." It might be the lead singer, whose voice has the power to heal. Might she be an angel, perhaps? Or could she be the Devil in disguise? Because, after all, the Devil does have all the best tunes. And this is Brentford
The witches of Chiswick by Robert Rankin( Recording )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Will Starling lives in a dystopian 23rd century where the Brentford Utility Conurbation is crammed with 303-storey tower blocks, and synthetic food has made everyone vastly obese. Except for Will, who's mocked for morbid slimness and eccentric tastes - art for example. When he notices the digital watch in a well-known Victorian painting, a murderous cover-up begins. The sinister Witches of Chiswick are determined to erace all traces of the other past.--
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Alternative Names
Rankin, Robert Fleming 1949-

Robert Fleming Rankin britischer Autor humorvoller Romane

Robert Rankin Brits auteur

Робърт Ранкин

Рэнкин, Роберт

ランキン, ロバート


English (152)

German (4)

Polish (4)

Japanese (2)

Russian (1)

Czech (1)

The witches of ChiswickNecropheniaThe toyminatorThe da-da-de-da-da codeRetromancerThe BrightonomiconThe Japanese Devil Fish Girl and other unnatural attractionsThe mechanical messiah and other marvels of the modern age