The Best Fantasy Authors Writers

The Best Fantasy Authors

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List Criteria: Authors who have published works in the fantasy genre

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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    C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    Belfast, United Kingdom

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    George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    Bayonne, New Jersey, United States of America

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


    Yate, United Kingdom

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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

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    Portchester, United Kingdom

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    H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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    Terry Pratchett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

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    Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    Cardiff, United Kingdom

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    Patrick Rothfuss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

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


    Portland, Maine, United States of America

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


    Berkeley, California, United States of America

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    Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America

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    Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    Daresbury, Widnes, United Kingdom

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    Robert E. Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    Peaster, Texas, United States of America

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    Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


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    David Eddings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    Spokane, Washington, United States of America

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    Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Roger Zelazny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    Euclid, Ohio, United States of America

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    Lancaster, United Kingdom

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    Michael Moorcock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    London, United Kingdom

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    Raymond E. Feist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    Southern California, California, United States of America

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    Edgar Rice Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    Anne McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    East of England, Eurasia, United Kingdom

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    Gene Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Tad Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    San Jose, California, United States of America

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    Toronto, Canada

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    L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    Leominster, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Independence, Missouri, United States of America

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    Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

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    Mercedes Lackey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    Chicago, Illinois, USA

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    Jack Vance is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors


    California, United States of America

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    Piers Anthony is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    Oxford, United Kingdom

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    G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    Kensington, London, United Kingdom

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

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    Łódź, Poland

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    Susan Cooper is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    Burnham, United Kingdom

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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Andre Norton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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    Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

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