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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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1
4,209 632
J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 81 (1892-1973)
2
1,785 1,164
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 65 (1898-1963)
3
2,210 1,803
George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
4
2,614 750
Brandon Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
5
1,264 652
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 59
6
2,549 1,680
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 54
7
1,413 475
Terry Pratchett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
8
1,097 507
H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 47 (1890-1937)
9
980 511
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 74 (1916-1990)
10
1,368 492
Robert Jordan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 59 (1948-2007)
11
1,287 504
Patrick Rothfuss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
schuechen added age 46
12
898 429
Robin Hobb is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 67
13
1,232 659
Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 72
14
812 383
Terry Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 75
15
810 342
Ursula K. Le Guin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
16
664 247
Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)
17
602 251
Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Arthur Williams added Dec. at 66 (1832-1898)
18
596 280
Joe Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
19
464 240
Robert E. Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 30 (1906-1936)
20
422 351
Philip Pullman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
21
457 214
Anne McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 85 (1926-2011)
22
634 214
Raymond E. Feist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
23
317 233
Tad Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 62
24
688 277
David Eddings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 78 (1931-2009)
25
426 242
Roger Zelazny is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 58 (1937-1995)