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The best fantasy authors of all time, ranked by readers and fans. This list include some highly recognizable names, like J.R.R. Tolkein and George R.R. Martin, along with some contemporary fantasy writers who are just beginning to make their mark on the genre. This list of the best fantasy authors includes some science fiction writers, horror writers and young adult fiction authors. Fans of fantasy know that there is always some overlap. All of the authors on this list have one thing in common: They've written fantastic, magical, mystical works of fantasy for fans to enjoy for years to come. Vote for your favorite fantasy authors here and add your own personal faves if you don't see them listed!

I've listed what I believe are some of the most well-known, popular fantasy authors ever, and I've added a few that may not always show up on a 'best of' list. Disagree with a choice? Vote it down. I'll be interested to see who wins the Tolkein vs. Martin battle for votes, too! The aforementioned (brilliant) writers are responsible for some of the best fantasy novel series' of all time - but I'd be remiss if I didn't also include authors like Robert Jordan ('The Wheel of Time' series), Ursula K. Le Guin ('Earthsea'), Tad Williams ('Memory, Sorrow and Thorn') and yes, J.K. Rowling ('Harry Potter') as well. All of these authors, in my opinion, deserve a place of honor on this list.

Hopefully, this list will grow and become totally comprehensive. Readers who are new to fantasy can use it as a great guide to find new favorite fantasy authors and books.

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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
J. R. R. Tolkien Died at 81 (1892-1973)

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George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
C. S. Lewis Died at 65 (1898-1963)

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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
J. K. Rowling age 52

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Brandon Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Neil Gaiman age 57

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Terry Pratchett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
H. P. Lovecraft Died at 47 (1890-1937)

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Patrick Rothfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Roald Dahl Died at 74 (1916-1990)

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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Stephen King age 70

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Robert Jordan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Robert Jordan Died at 59 (1948-2007)

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Robin Hobb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Robin Hobb age 65

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Ursula K. Le Guin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Terry Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Terry Brooks age 73

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Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Ray Bradbury Died at 92 (1920-2012)

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J.R.R. Tolkein is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Robert E. Howard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Robert E. Howard Died at 30 (1906-1936)

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Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Lewis Carroll Died at 66 (1832-1898)

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Joe Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Philip Pullman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Roger Zelazny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Roger Zelazny Died at 58 (1937-1995)

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Michael Moorcock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Tad Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Tad Williams age 60

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Raymond E. Feist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Anne McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Anne McCaffrey Died at 85 (1926-2011)

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L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
L. Frank Baum Died at 63 (1856-1919)

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Edgar Rice Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Edgar Rice Burroughs Died at 75 (1875-1950)

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David Eddings is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
David Eddings Died at 78 (1931-2009)

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Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Madeleine L'Engle Died at 89 (1918-2007)

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Guy Gavriel Kay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Steven Erikson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Jim Butcher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Jim Butcher age 46

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Gene Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Gene Wolfe age 86

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Stephen R. Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Fritz Leiber is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Fritz Leiber Died at 82 (1910-1992)

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Margaret Weis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Margaret Weis age 69

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Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Rick Riordan age 53

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Robert Anthony Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Piers Anthony is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Piers Anthony age 83

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Mercedes Lackey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Beatrix Potter Died at 77 (1866-1943)

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Jack Vance is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Jack Vance Died at 97 (1916-2013)

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Terry Goodkind is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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China MiƩville is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Andrzej Sapkowski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
G. K. Chesterton Died at 62 (1874-1936)

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Lloyd Alexander is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Lloyd Alexander Died at 83 (1924-2007)

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Andre Norton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Andre Norton Died at 93 (1912-2005)