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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
4,321 646
J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 81 (1892-1973)
2
1,826 1,208
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 65 (1898-1963)
3
2,282 1,852
George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
4
2,702 774
Brandon Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
5
1,295 677
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 59
6
2,613 1,726
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 54
7
1,442 490
Terry Pratchett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
8
1,124 520
H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 47 (1890-1937)
9
1,002 525
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 74 (1916-1990)
10
1,414 505
Robert Jordan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 59 (1948-2007)
11
1,316 517
Patrick Rothfuss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
schuechen added age 46
12
919 442
Robin Hobb is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 67
13
1,264 675
Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 72
14
829 393
Terry Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 75
15
830 350
Ursula K. Le Guin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
16
681 253
Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)
17
622 256
Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Arthur Williams added Dec. at 66 (1832-1898)
18
613 288
Joe Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
19
468 247
Robert E. Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 30 (1906-1936)
20
433 360
Philip Pullman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
21
465 220
Anne McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 85 (1926-2011)
22
645 218
Raymond E. Feist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
23
323 237
Tad Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 62
24
702 280
David Eddings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 78 (1931-2009)
25
434 244
Roger Zelazny is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dec. at 58 (1937-1995)