Who is the greatest modern fantasy author?

Discussion in 'Archive: Census and Games' started by Gandalf the Grey, May 24, 2002.

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Who is the greatest modern fantasy author?

Poll closed Mar 24, 2012.
George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire) 12 vote(s) 3.9%
J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) 181 vote(s) 59.3%
Neil Gaiman (Sandman) 3 vote(s) 1.0%
Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time) 13 vote(s) 4.3%
Matthew Woodring Stover (Heroes Die) 5 vote(s) 1.6%
Tad Williams (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn) 5 vote(s) 1.6%
Terry Pratchet (Discworld) 9 vote(s) 3.0%
David Eddings (The Belgariad) 8 vote(s) 2.6%
Terry Goodkind (The Sword of Truth) 5 vote(s) 1.6%
Other (some other book or series) 64 vote(s) 21.0%
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  1. bedada3 Force Ghost

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    Clive Staples Lewis. Rowling doesn't belong on the list because she's a post-modern author.
    :D
  2. Saber_Leader Force Ghost

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    Tolkien

    I also enjoyed Tad Williams and David Eddings, but they're not on the same scale as Tolkien was.
  3. Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling

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  4. Rowan_Jade Force Ghost

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    I'll go with Piers Anthony, Pratchett, Gaiman and throw in, Jacqueline Carrey, Rowling gets a nod, Zimmer-Bradley definately and perhaps McCaffrey but she is a bit sci-fi.
  5. Blithe Force Ghost

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    Probably Tolkien, but Stover writes some awsome stuff. :cool:
  6. fosh-bantus88 Jedi Master

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  7. SaberGiiett7 Force Ghost

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    Uhhh. . . Terry Goodkind!

    <[-]> Saber
  8. JediLeeora Jedi Master

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    I would have to say: terry brooks "The shananara series" and Christopher paolini "Eragon". :)
  9. ST-TPM-ASF-TNE Moderator Emeritus

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    Tolkien, not just because of the story he created with The Lord of the Rings, but also because of the way he wrote it. There is a purity and great memorability to Tolkien's writing and dialogue. It's not always the best but it's generally very good to read.

    I've been working on a few books of my own for a while and I always find myself sifting through Tolkien's books for inspiration in writing.

    Although, there are certain things about Tolkien that annoy me. I read The Return of the King again recently and came across this passage: "And then all the host of Rohan burst into song, and they sang as they slew, for the joy of battle was on them..."

    I don't care how happy you are. You wouldn't be singing during a deadly battle :p
  10. stradman Jedi Knight

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    J.R.R. Tolkien is the greatest. I do not say this to simply jump on the LOTR bandwagon. His impact on fantasy lit has been enormous. There are only a few fantasy series that do not resemble his work in some way or another. Also mentioning that the relm of Middle Earth is not exclusive to the LOTR and the Hobbit, but was in fact his lifes work spanning almost 20 books and several COMPLETE languages, for me, he ranks at the top.

  11. SaberGiiett7 Force Ghost

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    I enjoy Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series immensely because of the sheer reasoning for him writing them to begin: he saw Fantasy as a medium as the most efficient classification to convey his philosophy.

    His characters are dynamic, his land richly detailed, his creatures innovative, he's not afraid to tackle the tough issues, and reason is held in the upmost regard in decision-making in all his books.

    The Wizard's Rules are some of the most sensible tenets generated in fiction that can apply to actual life. He's not apprehensive when it comes to grappling issues such as rape, murder, torture, and black magic.

    His villains aren't mindless drones committing terrible acts out of compulsion, rather than actually justifying atrocious acts of violence, oppression, and violation of the human being.

    The main character is a hero in every sense of the word. Although he makes occasional mistakes along the way, he uses his sense of right to see the error of his ways and correct them.

    True love conquers all.

    These aren't just entertaining, you can get a real sense of enlightenment from reading them.

    <[-]> Saber

  12. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    ::Reads previous post::
    ::Shoots self::
  13. Jedi_Hood Force Ghost

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  14. Pelranius Force Ghost

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    Easily Tolkein.

    Though Gandalf should have put Terry Brooks and Ursula LeGuin as options on the poll.
  15. Ginger_Jedi Jedi Grand Master

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    Garth Nix and Philip Pullman.
  16. Southernjedi Jedi Master

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    I voted for Tolkien.

    Also enjoy Harry Turtledove's alternate history stories.
  17. Marcus-Aurelius Jedi Knight

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    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings are great.
  18. YODA_SITH Force Ghost

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    I personally dont like Tolken, but I dont have a favorite cause I dont really like fantasy.
  19. DarthIshtar Chosen One

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    Terry pratchett is just so randomly hilarious that he's my favorite, handsdown.
  20. Zinergy Jedi Youngling

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    J.R.R. Tolkien - without a doubt!
  21. Lady Phoenix Jedi Master

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    J. K. Rowling is right up there with Tolkien in my book.
  22. Talonah Jedi Youngling

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  23. danmcken Force Ghost

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    Clive Barker by miles the others just rehash the same old stuff
  24. TheEmperorsProtege Jedi Grand Master

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  25. --Skywalker-- Jedi Knight

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