Listamania – Fantasy Writers

Music currently playing – Kronos Quartet – the Cusp of Magic.  This is a coincidence…

Ok, for no particular reason, I have made a list of the top 20 of my favorite fantasy writers (writing in the English language).  No particular order.

Here is my definitions of fantasy.

  •  On the face  of it – All fictions are various sub-genres of fantasy – this is however not helpful.
  • A more specific definition of what is commonly regarded as fantasy –   ‘The fusing of language, folklore, myth, religion, historical and contemporary notions of spirituality, the occult and imagination into a sub-creation that strikes sparks off the heel stone of the mundane.

Here we go …..

  1. Russel Hoban
  2. Alan Garner
  3. JRR Tolkien
  4. James Branch-Cabel
  5. Susan Cooper
  6. Mervyne Peake
  7. China Meiville
  8. Robert Holdstock
  9. Robin Jarvis
  10. Terry Pratchett,
  11. Fritz Leiber,
  12. Jack Vance
  13. Jasper Fforde
  14. Lord Dunsany
  15. E.R. Eddison
  16. Joan Aiken
  17. Lloyde Alexander
  18. E. A. Poe
  19. Gene Wolfe
  20. Ursula K Le Guin


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