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The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked  

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List Rules The best living novelists, writers, and writers of fiction.

These are the best living authors and novelists currently, according to Rankers and bibliophiles. If you’re looking for a book to read for a rainy day, you can’t go wrong by choosing a novel or short story written by someone on this list. After all, the greatest novelists alive consistently get onto bestseller lists and book club recommendation lists. But amongst all these writers currently alive, who are the best?

If you love reading, then vote for your favorite living authors and novelists below. They hail for a wide range of genres and literary styles, from playwrights to novelists. You’ll find your favorite science fiction writers as well as great dramatic novelists. Everyone on the list and everyone that you vote for must currently be alive. We all know that there are plenty of great writers that have left us, but this list is about the ones we still get to cherish.

Don’t see a great living author listed? Then add him or her so that others may vote and discover some excellent novels. If you’re curious where your favorite novelist currently alive is ranked, use the search box at the top of the list. Otherwise, get your votes on, book worms. Vote for who you think is the best living author (or best living authors) right now!

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Cormac McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
The Road, Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men
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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
The Shining, The Stand, The Dark Tower
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Haruki Murakami is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood, 1Q84
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Philip Roth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
voting closed at #3 Portnoy's Complaint, American Pastoral, The Plot Against America
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Milan Kundera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Joke
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John Irving is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Cider House Rules
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Thomas Pynchon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
Inherent Vice, Gravity's Rainbow, The Crying of Lot 49
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Don DeLillo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
White Noise, Underworld, Falling Man
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J. M. Coetzee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
Disgrace, Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K
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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
Harry Potter series
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Kazuo Ishiguro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
Never Let Me Go, The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans
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Margaret Atwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
The Handmaid's Tale, Oryx & Crake, The Blind Assassin
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Tom Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
voting closed at #14 The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff
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Umberto Eco is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
voting closed at #14 Foucault's Pendulum, The Prague Cemetery, Baudolino
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Salman Rushdie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
The Satanic Verses, Midnight's Children, Joseph Anton: A Memoir
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Ian McEwan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
Atonement, The Children Act, Sweet Tooth
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V.S. Naipaul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
A House for Mr Biswas, A Bend in the River, Miguel Street
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Michel Houellebecq is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
Mollevangsvagen added Platform, Whatever, H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World
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John le Carré is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, A Most Wanted Man
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Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
voting closed at #9 Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon
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Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
American Gods, Coraline, The Graveyard Book
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Michael Chabon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Wonder Boys, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
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George R. R. Martin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
marosc added A Game of Thrones, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons
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Chuck Palahniuk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
Fight Club, Choke, Survivor
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David Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked
Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks, number9dream