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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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Susan Cooper is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Susan Cooper age 82

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Tanith Lee is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Tanith Lee age 70

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T. H. White is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
T. H. White Died at 58 (1906-1964)

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Garth Nix is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Garth Nix age 54

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C. J. Cherryh is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
freelancerrh added C. J. Cherryh age 75

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Diana Wynne Jones is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Diana Wynne Jones Died at 77 (1934-2011)

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Stephen R. Lawhead is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Lois McMaster Bujold is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
BeccaMcMaster added Lois McMaster Bujold age 68

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J. M. Barrie is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Arthur Williams added J. M. Barrie Died at 77 (1860-1937)

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Richard Adams is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Richard Adams age 97

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Poul Anderson is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Splatmasta added Poul Anderson Died at 75 (1926-2001)

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Mervyn Peake is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Mervyn Peake Died at 57 (1911-1968)

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Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of... is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Gary Gygax is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Gary Gygax Died at 70 (1938-2008)

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Harlan Ellison is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Pandora Bochs added Harlan Ellison age 83

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Tamora Pierce is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Tamora Pierce age 64

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William Morris is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
William Morris Died at 62 (1834-1896)

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Ten... is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson Died at 83 (1809-1892)

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David Gemmell is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
David Gemmell Died at 58 (1948-2006)

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George MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
George MacDonald Died at 81 (1824-1905)

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Charles de Lint is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Robert Asprin is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
schuechen added Robert Asprin Died at 62 (1946-2008)

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Kenneth Grahame is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Kenneth Grahame Died at 73 (1859-1932)

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Robert Silverberg is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Janet Morris is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
christopher-crosby-morris added Janet Morris age 71

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Janny Wurts is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Janny Wurts age 64

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Peter S. Beagle is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
TimEvans added Peter S. Beagle age 78

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Bernard Cornwell is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Christopher Paolini is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Melanie Rawn is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Mike Hernandez added Melanie Rawn age 63

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Homer is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Tim Powers is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Tim Powers age 65

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Brothers Grimm is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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Katharine Kerr is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Mike Hernandez added Katharine Kerr age 73

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Hilaire Belloc is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Hilaire Belloc Died at 83 (1870-1953)

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E. Nesbit is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
E. Nesbit Died at 66 (1858-1924)

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Gregory Keyes is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Gregory Keyes age 54

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Karl Edward Wagner is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Karl Edward Wagner Died at 49 (1945-1994)

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Chris Morris is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
christopher-crosby-morris added Chris Morris age 71

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Michael J. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
BeccaMcMaster added Michael J. Sullivan age 56

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C. L. Moore is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
ScottConnors added C. L. Moore Died at 76 (1911-1987)

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Jorge Luis Borges is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
TimEvans added Jorge Luis Borges Died at 87 (1899-1986)

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Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Hans Christian Andersen Died at 70 (1805-1875)

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Brent Weeks is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
mandy k added Brent Weeks age 40

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Robert Holdstock is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
gurgehwolf added Robert Holdstock Died at 61 (1948-2009)

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Kate Elliott is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
mandy k added Kate Elliott age 59

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Tracy Hickman is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Tracy Hickman age 62

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S. E. Hinton is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Lee Willig added S. E. Hinton age 69

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Alan Garner is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Alan Garner age 83

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Robert A. Heinlein is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
dark wish added Robert A. Heinlein Died at 81 (1907-1988)