The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time Writers

The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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Best fantasy authors 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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    #1 on the original list
    Bloemfontein, South Africa

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    Brandon Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    Brandon Sanderson Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

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    C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    C. S. Lewis Belfast, United Kingdom

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    George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    George R. R. Martin Bayonne, New Jersey, United States of America

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    #12 on the original list
    Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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    Terry Pratchett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    Terry Pratchett Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

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    J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #4 on the original list
    J. K. Rowling Yate, United Kingdom

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    #13 on the original list
    Berkeley, California, USA

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    Ursula K. Le Guin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    Ursula K. Le Guin Berkeley, California, United States of America

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    Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    Neil Gaiman Portchester, United Kingdom

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    H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    H. P. Lovecraft Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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    #24 on the original list & added by SimonD
    Lancaster, United Kingdom

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    Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    Roald Dahl Cardiff, United Kingdom

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    #15 on the original list & added by SimonD
    Sterling, Illinois, United States of America

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    Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    Stephen King Portland, Maine, United States of America

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    Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    Orson Scott Card Tri-Cities, Richland, Washington

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    David Eddings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    David Eddings Spokane, Washington, United States of America

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    Roger Zelazny is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #23 on the original list
    Roger Zelazny Euclid, Ohio, United States of America

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    L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #34 on the original list & added by RobinHess
    L. Frank Baum USA, New York, Chittenango

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    #41 on the original list & added by Pageturner
    USA, Chicago, Illinois

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    Robert E. Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #19 on the original list
    Robert E. Howard Peaster, Texas, United States of America

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    Michael Moorcock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #25 on the original list
    Michael Moorcock London, United Kingdom

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    East of England, Eurasia, United Kingdom

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    Mercedes Lackey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #39 on the original list & added by BrandenPynn
    Mercedes Lackey Chicago, Illinois, USA

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

    #26 on the original list & added by emr.kenny
    Raymond E. Feist Southern California, California, United States of America

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    Tad Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    Tad Williams San Jose, California, United States of America

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    Jack Vance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #42 on the original list
    Jack Vance California, United States of America

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    #36 on the original list
    Independence, Missouri, United States of America

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    #40 on the original list & added by AlfonsoVelascoSendra
    Kensington, London, United Kingdom

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    Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #22 on the original list
    Madeleine L'Engle New York City, New York, United States of America

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    #35 on the original list
    Leominster, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    #45 on the original list
    Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

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    Gene Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

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    Gene Wolfe New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Garth Nix is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #53 on the original list & added by SimonD
    Garth Nix Melbourne, Australia

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    Lois McMaster Bujold is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #58 on the original list & added by BeccaMcMaster
    Lois McMaster Bujold Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

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    #117 on the original list & added by Pageturner
    Heber Springs, Arkansas, United States of America

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    #96 on the original list & added by BeccaMcMaster
    Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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    Susan Cooper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #48 on the original list & added by MilhouseVanHauten
    Susan Cooper Burnham, United Kingdom

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    #166 on the original list & added by RobinHess
    Ruth Plumly Thompson Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Tamora Pierce is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #71 on the original list & added by EmilyCarlson
    Tamora Pierce South Connellsville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Robin Hess is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors of All Time

    #142 on the original list & added by RobinHess
    Robin Hess

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    #52 on the original list & added by NikkiTalbotDyer
    London, United Kingdom

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    #87 on the original list & added by allandburns7
    Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

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    #75 on the original list & added by MilhouseVanHauten
    Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    #56 on the original list & added by allandburns7
    Mumbai, India

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    #190 on the original list & added by RobinHess
    Key West, Florida, United States of America

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    Virginia Wickwar

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