Robert RankinRobert (Fleming) Rankin (1949-) is a peculiar Englishman, who in his lifetime has managed to have at least 39 different occupations, ranging from concert pianist, topless go-go dancer to rock singer and garden gnome salesman. At least, that is what he claims; he has admitted that he likes to lie about his achievements.
Robert Rankin certainly belong somewhere in the humourous science fiction or fantasy genre, but it's hard to define exactly where.
Most of his inspiration for the books is picked up from pubs, where the people or the stories people tell him will become the seeds for his novels.
It isn't many things he consider taboo to write about, and absolutely not religion, which he thinks the world could do without considering just about every war started out because people believed in different religions.
His first books were the ones in the Brentford-trilogy, "The Antipope" (1981), "The Brentford Triangle" (1982) and "East of Ealing (1984)". Later, more books have been added to that trilogy: "The Sprouts of Wrath" (1988) and "The Brentford Chainstore Massacre" (1998)
These satiric novels are a pretty far-out mix of science fiction, fantasy and horror, all taking place in the suburb Brentford, outside London.
Robert Rankin had a downswing in the middle of the eigthies, but when Terry Pratchett got successful Ranking's books started to sell as well. Not that they write in a similar style, Rankin's novels is much more weird and he has got a thing for the occult which you'll see in his novels.
His other known series are the Armageddon-trilogy, "Armageddon: The Musical" (1990), "They Came and Ate Us: Armageddon II, The B-Movie" (1991) and "The Suburban Book of the Dead: Armageddon III, The Remake" (1992) in which, among other things, a time-travelling Elvis Presley appears.
The Cornelius Murphy-trilogy consists of "The Book of Ultimate Truths" (1993), "Raiders of the Lost Car Park" (1994) and "The Greatest Show off Earth" (1994), which starts out with the hero Cornelus Murphy setting out to search for the missing chapters of the Book Of Ultimate Truths.
Other books by Rankin: "The Most Amazing Man who Ever Lived" (1995), "The Garden of Unearthly Delights" (1995), "A Dog Called Demolition" (1996).
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