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The Best Fantasy Authors  

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List Rules 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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Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
JocastaTheWeird added The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Red Pyramid
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Edgar Rice Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
DaedelothThomas added Tarzan, the Ape Man, Tarzan
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Piers Anthony is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
AndrewGreen added A Spell for Chameleon, Air Apparent, Golem in the Gears
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Roger Zelazny is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Chronicles of Amber, Lord of Light, Isle of the Dead
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Michael Moorcock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Land That Time Forgot, Elric at the End of Time, Elric of Melniboné
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Guy Gavriel Kay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Fionavar Tapestry, Tigana, Ysabel
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Stephen R. Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Lord Foul's Bane, White Gold Wielder, The Power that Preserves
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Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
A Wrinkle in Time, A Ring of Endless Light, A Wind in the Door
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Tad Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Shadowmarch, Sea of Silver Light, Mountain of Black Glass
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L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Arthur Williams added The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz
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Andrzej Sapkowski is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
DaedelothThomas added Ceaseless Light, Blood of Elves, The Last Wish
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Mercedes Lackey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
This Rough Magic, Sword and Sorceress III, Sword and Sorceress V
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Philip Pullman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, His Dark Materials
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Terry Goodkind is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Wizard's First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I
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Robert Anthony Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Books I-III
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Margaret Weis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Elven Star, Fire Sea
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Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Sly Old Cat, The Tailor of Gloucester
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Gene Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
An Evil Guest, Return to the Whorl, On Blue's Waters
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Homer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Odyssey, Iliad, The Iliad and the Odyssey
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Fritz Leiber is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Night of the Eagle, Swords and Deviltry, Conjure Wife
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Andre Norton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Stars Are Ours!, Sea Siege, Star Man's Son
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David Gemmell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Legend, Lord of the Silver Bow, The Hawk Eternal
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T. H. White is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Camelot, The Once and Future King, The Sword in the Stone
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Robert A. Heinlein is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
dark wish added Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
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Poul Anderson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Splatmasta added The Broken Sword, Conflict, Conan the Rebel