The Best Fantasy Authors Writers

The Best Fantasy Authors

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

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    100
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    C. S. Lewis

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    87
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    Roald Dahl

    1916 More
    85
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    George R. R. Martin

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    J. K. Rowling

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    H. P. Lovecraft

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    Terry Pratchett

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    71
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    Robert Jordan

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    Ursula K. Le Guin

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    1975 More
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    Stephen King

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    Madeleine L'Engle

    1918 More
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    Philip Pullman

    1946 More
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    David Eddings

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    Robin Hobb

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    Anne McCaffrey

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    Robert Anthony Salvatore

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    Roger Zelazny

    1937 More
    58
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    Margaret Weis

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    Michael Moorcock

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    57
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    Beatrix Potter

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    Tad Williams

    1957 More
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    G. K. Chesterton

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    Robert E. Howard

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    Steven Erikson

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    Raymond E. Feist

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    Mercedes Lackey

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    Diana Wynne Jones

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    Andre Norton

    1912 More
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    Garth Nix

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    Janny Wurts

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    Kenneth Grahame

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    Mervyn Peake

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    40
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