Scifi And Fantasy 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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3,989 607
J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Died at 81 (1892-1973)

2
1,698 1,089
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Died at 65 (1898-1963)

3
2,056 1,713
George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

4
2,427 712
Brandon Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

5
2,433 1,581
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 53

6
1,193 618
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 58

7
1,329 458
Terry Pratchett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

8
1,034 490
H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Died at 47 (1890-1937)

9
942 487
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Died at 74 (1916-1990)

10
1,285 479
Robert Jordan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Died at 59 (1948-2007)

11
857 412
Robin Hobb is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 66

12
1,206 481
Patrick Rothfuss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
schuechen added age 45

13
1,162 620
Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 71

14
775 366
Terry Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 74

15
769 328
Ursula K. Le Guin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

16
577 237
Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Arthur Williams added Died at 66 (1832-1898)

17
629 237
Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Died at 92 (1920-2012)

18
442 229
Robert E. Howard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Died at 30 (1906-1936)

19
547 274
Joe Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

20
400 338
Philip Pullman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

21
435 204
Anne McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Died at 85 (1926-2011)

22
601 205
Raymond E. Feist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

23
294 227
Tad Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
age 61

24
651 270
David Eddings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Died at 78 (1931-2009)

25
413 234
Roger Zelazny is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Died at 58 (1937-1995)