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Greatest Fantasy Authors

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Rated 13 points - posted 11 years ago by pxc0 in category People.
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J.R.R. Tolkien Report Abuse
Pretty much defined the genre for western civilization with his Lord of the Rings series, Tolkien was a linguist and scholar of Finnish mythology who spent over ten years constructing an alternate mythological history of Europe complete with fully realized languages for his amusement. No fantasy author has ever matched the scholarship, realism and depth Tolkien imbued his world with.
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George R.R. Martin Report Abuse
Considered "High Fantasy" and more cerebral than many of his peers, critics of the genre place his "Song of Ice and Fire" series high on the list of best ever.
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C.S. Lewis Report Abuse
Some may be turned off by the Christian imagery Lewis injected into his tales but he remains one of the most popular children's writers of all time and his Chronicles of Narnia remains one of the towering achievements of modern fantasy.
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Brandon Sanderson Report Abuse
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The genre benefits from a storyteller who is a master craftsman. No 7 year gaps between books, epic arcs with consistently engaging and unique characterization. The volume and quality of work produced is stunning.
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Robert Jordan Report Abuse
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Author of Wheel of Time series - a massive epic fantasy.
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David Eddings Report Abuse
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Wrote some of the most creative books iv ever read, adventure mixed with comedy, 10/10 for this authors book!
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L. Frank Baum Report Abuse
He made the quintessential fantasy book in the Wizard of Oz. Many fantasy writers cite that book as the very first modern fantasy book. However, he also followed that up with 13 sequels as well as 3 books related to lands surrounding Oz. He has developed his world just as well as J.R.R. Tolkein developed Middle Earth, including one of the most detailed and consistent maps ever made. Many of Baum's innovations laid the foundations for many fantasy stories following him.
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Stephen Erikson Report Abuse
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A complete world an mythology, and the story lines twist in and out like no other. If you have not checked him out...you need to!
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Lewis Carroll Report Abuse
His "Alice" series set the benchmark for fantasy.
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T. H. White Report Abuse
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Michael Moorcock Report Abuse
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Raymond E. Feist Report Abuse
Starting with Magician, I have never read a series of books where I have come to know the characters so well. This guy should be in the upper half of the top ten.
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The magician series was great but his later works do not compare and better fit the YA category.
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Great story teller, excellent characterization.
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Brent Weeks Report Abuse
A newcomer to the fantasy scene - having only written one series of three books with a fourth due out at the end 2010. Nevertheless, his skill at creating characters, his intricate plot, and his ideas warrent him a place on this list.
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Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman Report Abuse
Genre snobs criticize this duo as "low fantasy" because they worked with a fantasy world that was little more than fodder for a Dungeons and Dragons game. However Weiss and Hickman made Dragonlance their own and in the process created one of the most entertaining and engaging worlds ever penned.
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George MacDonald Report Abuse
This author is generally considered to be the greatest influence on the some of the best loved modern fantasy writers including Lewis, Tolkien, and L'engle. In his own right, MacDonald wrote several timeless classics that have declined in popularity in the last hundred years due to a drift in fantasy away from fairy tales and towards more realistic and grounded arenas. Works like Phantastes, Lilith, and his short stories such as Photogen and Nycteris should still be considered among the greatest fantasy works ever written.
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David Gemmell Report Abuse
Gemmell has a wide variety of completely separate fantasy worlds that are completely engaging. His stories go well beyond what you would expect from a fantasy author and the books are amazing.
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R.A Salvatore Report Abuse
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Tad Williams Report Abuse
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Stephen Donaldson Report Abuse
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J. K. Rowling Report Abuse
Whatever your opinions of her work or ability may be, no one can deny that the Harry Potter series are the most successful fantasy books ever created and made an entire generation fall in love with the genre for the first time.
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Gene Wolfe Report Abuse
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Philip Pullman Report Abuse
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Patrick Rothfuss Report Abuse
The Kingkiller Chronicle
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Mervyn Peake Report Abuse
The impact of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy on fantasy genre is enormous. It still remains arguably the most beautifully written piece of fantasy of all time.
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Roger Zelazny Report Abuse
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Terry Brooks Report Abuse
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The sword of Shannara was a fairly basic novel while he was new to the fantasy realm. He evolved and each of his later books are a must-read. The Word and the Void series is probably the most unique fantasy set I've read.
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Robin Hobb Report Abuse
Has written several good series and definitely needs to be in the list. A writer who i would recommend to everyone!
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Terry Goodkind Report Abuse
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falls in love with his own protagonist , giving him new superpowers at every turn . too much sexual violence
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Lord Dunsany Report Abuse
Probably the most influential fantasy writer ever (Yes, Tolkien had a huge impact on genre, but he was a fan of Dunsany). King of Elfland's Daughter is one of the great classics.
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William Morris Report Abuse
The Well at the World's End is as compelling and original fantasy as anythng Tolkein or Donaldson have produced
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James Branch Cabell Report Abuse
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E. R. R. Eddison Report Abuse
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Glen Cook Report Abuse
The Black Company series is one of the best works in the genre and is far to frequently underappreciated.
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Christopher Paolini Report Abuse
Another newcomer with only 3 books, but loved by many, and has a wide range of fans crossing many genres .
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