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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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2,767 456
J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
J. R. R. Tolkien Died at 81 (1892-1973)

2
1,249 731
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
C. S. Lewis Died at 65 (1898-1963)

3
1,542 1,184
George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

4
1,808 1,107
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
J. K. Rowling age 53

5
1,646 477
Brandon Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

6
860 421
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Neil Gaiman age 58

7
963 332
Terry Pratchett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

8
746 345
H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
H. P. Lovecraft Died at 47 (1890-1937)

9
722 355
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Roald Dahl Died at 74 (1916-1990)

10
841 318
Patrick Rothfuss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
schuechen added Patrick Rothfuss age 44

11
828 427
Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Stephen King age 71

12
621 312
Robin Hobb is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Robin Hobb age 65

13
907 358
Robert Jordan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Robert Jordan Died at 59 (1948-2007)

14
573 263
Terry Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Terry Brooks age 73

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15
571 254
Ursula K. Le Guin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

16
628 120
J.R.R. Tolkein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

17
413 155
Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Arthur Williams added Lewis Carroll Died at 66 (1832-1898)

18
457 180
Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Ray Bradbury Died at 92 (1920-2012)

19
336 168
Robert E. Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Robert E. Howard Died at 30 (1906-1936)

20
390 200
Joe Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

21
298 245
Philip Pullman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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22
215 165
Tad Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Tad Williams age 61

23
295 142
Anne McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Anne McCaffrey Died at 85 (1926-2011)

24
303 176
Roger Zelazny is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Roger Zelazny Died at 58 (1937-1995)

25
467 204
David Eddings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
David Eddings Died at 78 (1931-2009)

26
414 154
Raymond E. Feist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

27
284 163
Michael Moorcock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

28
343 202
Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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240 184
Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Madeleine L'Engle Died at 89 (1918-2007)

30
261 91
Jim Butcher is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Jim Butcher age 46

31
297 155
Steven Erikson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

32
147 104
Guy Gavriel Kay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

33
221 96
Edgar Rice Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
DaedelothThomas added Edgar Rice Burroughs Died at 75 (1875-1950)

34
218 108
L. Frank Baum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Arthur Williams added L. Frank Baum Died at 63 (1856-1919)

35
206 140
Stephen R. Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

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36
252 161
Margaret Weis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Margaret Weis age 70

37
287 110
Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
JocastaTheWeird added Rick Riordan age 54

38
173 144
Gene Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Gene Wolfe age 86

39
222 157
Robert Anthony Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

40
164 98
Fritz Leiber is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Fritz Leiber Died at 82 (1910-1992)

41
185 120
Mercedes Lackey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

42
209 101
Piers Anthony is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
AndrewGreen added Piers Anthony age 83

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43
193 126
Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Beatrix Potter Died at 77 (1866-1943)

44
316 227
Terry Goodkind is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

45
136 125
Jack Vance is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Jack Vance Died at 97 (1916-2013)

46
118 122
G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
G. K. Chesterton Died at 62 (1874-1936)

47
84 103
China MiƩville is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors

48
138 78
Andrzej Sapkowski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
DaedelothThomas added Andrzej Sapkowski age 69

49
135 74
Andre Norton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Andre Norton Died at 93 (1912-2005)

50
86 118
Susan Cooper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fantasy Authors
Susan Cooper age 82