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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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list ordered by
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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion
2
Brandon Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Way of Kings, Mistborn: The Final Empire, Mistborn: The Hero of Ages
3
Terry Pratchett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Good Omens, Small Gods, The Colour of Magic
4
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Screwtape Letters
5
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Beowulf, Marvel 1602, American Gods
6
George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
A Game of Thrones, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons
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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
8
Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Pet Sematary, Creepshow, Salem's Lot
9
H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, At the Mountains of Madness, The Dunwich Horror and Others
10
Robert Jordan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Wheel of Time, The Eye of the World, The Fires of Heaven
11
Patrick Rothfuss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
schuechen added The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear
12
Robin Hobb is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Farseer, Royal Assassin, Assassin's Apprentice
13
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, You Only Live Twice
14
Terry Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Sword of Shannara, Magic Kingdom for Sale -- Sold!, The World of Shannara
15
Ursula K. Le Guin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, A Wizard of Earthsea
16
Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451, King of Kings
17
Joe Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Best Served Cold
18
Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Arthur Williams added Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
19
Jim Butcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Furies of Calderon, Small Favor, My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
20
Steven Erikson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Gardens of the Moon, Memories of Ice, Deadhouse Gates
21
David Eddings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
The Belgariad, Polgara the Sorceress, The Tamuli
22
Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Ender's Shadow
23
Robert E. Howard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Conan the Barbarian, Conan, The Coming of Conan
24
Raymond E. Feist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Magician, Shadow of a Dark Queen, Talon of the Silver Hawk
25
Anne McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Dragonflight, Dragonsong, Sassinak