Online Publications

Welcome to the Order of the Golden Sprout online publications page.

This is where you will find all our electronic media including copies of back issues of the magazine as well as new ones as they appear.

Most of this content is limited to members only, sorry Sad but there has to be a reason to belong on top of the great magazine and badge you get, the organised events, the newsletters and this website to name some of the benefits....

Book Signing - London


Robert will be signing his latest masterpiece, "The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age", at London's Forbidden Planet Store......

Details to follow.

Book Signing - Leicester


Robert will be signing his latest masterpiece, "The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age", at the Leicester Phoenix Square....


Book Signing - Lincoln


Robert will be signing his latest masterpiece, "The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age", at the Lincoln Asylum......



Antipope anniversary t-shirt

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Robert's "The Antipope" there was, as you no doubt know, a party - what would a Robert Rankin / Goldensprout party weekend be without a T-shirt Puzzled

These sold well over the weekend but for those people who didn't get one or those who didn't manage to get along at all there are a few left in stock...

Don't miss out on owning this one-off and limited production (and putting some much needed moolah in the club kitty Eye-wink ) - order yours today Smiling


Robert at BSFG


On the 8th of April Robert will be the guest speaker of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group, details from their newsletter are:

Dining with Dinosaurs!


A Grand Joint Picnic in Crystal Palace London, with our great mates ZZ9, The Douglas Adams Fan Club. Many Golden sprouts are also ZZ9 Members, so it it will be a great opportunity to meet up with friends old and new.

If you hope / plan to come along let us know HERE

This is an open event to all friends of either The Order of the Golden Sprout or ZZ9 Smiling




Beer and Bodies


A general meet up and a few beers but with the added attraction of a visit to The Huntarian Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.  Here you can see the bones of Charles Byrne, The Irish Giant, a whole host of fascinating medical exhibits and some very scary looking medical instruments.

If you're in or around the smoke then why not come along?

Let us know via the forum post HERE if we should expect to see you Smiling

FICTS T-Shirts @ Genki Gear

SFX Weekender


After last years resounding sucess by Robert as the master of ceremony for the SFX awards and the SFX weekender it was pretty much a given that he'd be back.....

He is - February 2011.

A goodly crowd of Golden Sprouts turned out for what was a damn fine weekend last (earlier this) year and I hope to see planty of you along again at SFX Weekender 2.

More Info







London Collectormania


Robert will be attending the weekend of this November's Collectormania at Olympia, London. Come along and say Hi if you are in the big city, it's always good to see any of you Smiling

London Collectormania



Book Signing - Waterstone's Oxford Street Plaza, London


Robert will be taking part in the Waterstones, Oxford Street Plaza, Haloween event and signing books on the 30th October. He is down for a 1300-1400Hrs so get along if you can.

Details HERE











Robert Rankin Exhibition - Lincoln Museum


There is an exhibiton of Robert's artwork at Lincoln Museum's "The Collection". It runs from the 2nd September to the 25th September and admission is free Smiling

Well worth a visit - more details HERE



Book Signing event


On Saturday the 18th September Robert will be at Forbidden Planet London signing his newest novel - The Japanese Devil Fishgirl and other Unnatural Attractions.

Update - what's on at Dacon?

Dacon is now rapidly approaching, 24th-26th September 2010, and a weekend of great entertainment is nearing its final planning stages.

Take a look at some of the stuff that's going to be happening:

There will be a full itinerary of parties, panels, games, guest talks and general mayhem running over the whole weekend with TWO programs running side by side giving you the option on what you want to be a part of.

Robert at the MCM London Expo


News just in at Goldensprout towers, Robert is going to be at the MCM London Expo where he will be hosting the SFX Blastermand quiz.

More deatils from SFX here

And about the Expo here

What's happening at Goldensprout

A few things to get out there and make you all aware of so time for a newsletter....

Firstly a couple of things we have been up to.

On Friday 23rd April Robert was the special guest and speaker at the Brentford St. George's day celebrations. A fine day was had by all and it was good to see a few club members pop along and join us in The Flying Swan (AKA - The Magpie and Crown) for some welll earned ale and toot.

London Film and Comic Convention


Robert will have a table at this, come along and say hello / talk some toot.

London Film and Comic Con

Robert in New Zealand


Just like it says....

New Zealand Convention

Magazine Issue 5 out


The second year of The Order of the Golden Sprout officially begins with issue five of the club magazine, for those of you with us since issue 1 now's a good time to check your membership is up to date to ensure your copy Smiling


St.George and the Ripper


This has now transformed in to a two day weekend event....

On the Friday (23rd) Robert will be taking part in the Brentford St.Georges day celebrations which will most likely involve him doing a spot on stage as well as having a stall for book signing etc. At the moment there is not a lot of information but there is much talk of food stalls, british ale stalls, bands, morris men and so on. All taking place in Brentford and centred around the magistrates court.

Come along if you can, I'm sure in the evening we will sample much ale and talk much toot....

Leatherhead Library - 11th Febuary 2010


Robert will be speaking at the Leatherhead Library on the 11th February 2010, 1930 - 2100Hrs.

Tickets can be booked via e-mail and will cost £4.00 per head.



SFX Weekender - 5th - 6th February 2010


Robert is one of many guest among a glittering line-up, though undoubtably the best, for what will (hopefully) be an excellent weekend.....

*NEW* Robert has been announced as the master of ceremonies for the SFX awards :)

There are a good number of club members making it along so lots of opportunity for toot and ale:)

Retromancer Book signing


Robert will be at Forbidden Planet, London, on the 12th December from 1300Hrs (that's 1pm;)) signing his new book.

We will be heading to a local hostelry for a few pints after, so the more the merrier:)

Who's coming:?

Seven - September 09

A very short newsletter this month as I just wanted to share some things that aren't in the next magazine (with you in the next 7-10 days) but might be of interest - these have appeared on the website so if you have seen them already, sorry:)

Retromancer Proof Copy.

Robert at the Alton Wordfest


Robert is to be the special guest at this event. As the name implies, it wll take place in Alton, Hampshire and over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of October.

On the Friday Robert will be the guest speaker and be handing out prizes then on the Saturday he will be at The Little Green Dragon Book and Art Shop during the day where he will be signing books and in the evening he will be the guest of honour at the Wordfest dinner.

You can find out more HERE

Steampunk weekend at the Asylum


A weekend of steampunk with Robert as the guest of Honour.

More details HERE

Six - August 2009

Another month, another newsletter. I won't be putting to much in this as I am currently putting the next magazine together for publishing and mailing out by (hopefully) the first week in September.

Good to have some down-time after the madness that was July - The Brentford Dock Weekend, The London Film and Comic Con and then the Pirate Birthday Party - so what's up coming and worth mentioning?


Dead famous

Amazon ASIN: 

This was an Isis Audio (Unabridged book) read by David Thorpe. I've not read (or listened to) any of Elton's Novels before & picked this one totally at random. I was initially rather disappointed by the concept, but soon grew to like the work itself. Thorpe is an excellent reader & his voices fitted perfectly.

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