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. Chewbacca-girl Jedi Master

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  2. jedijason330 Jedi Youngling

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    Tolkien, I loved the Lord of the Rings.
  3. raisedbywolves Jedi Youngling

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    Other. It's all about Philip Pullman and His Dark Materials. Who doesn't wish they had their own daemon?
  4. obi-wan_kenobi_1113 Jedi Youngling

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    Just thought I'd mention that Rowling has never read LoTR or Narnia. How can she steal info from books she's never read?? Not to mention that most epic stories including SW follow Campbell's mythology/religious/journey of a hero storyline. Don't get me wrong, I love Tolkien too, but I think that one can love both series.
  5. Alethia Jedi Master

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    Seeing how the only author I had read on that list was Tolkien, and I'm not a big fan of his, I voted 'Other'. I want to read Gaiman, though. He's supposed to be great. Anyway, my favorite fantasy author... I don't have one. I have about five I love to pieces, but not just one.
  6. Genimay Jedi Padawan

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    J.K. rowling,Harry Potter
  7. NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus

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    Sara Douglass is the best fantasy author of all time, followed closely by Juliet Marillier and Trudi Canavan. The only two on the list that I've read are Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind, and I enjoy them both very much.
  8. FamousAmos VIP

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  9. Delta_07 Jedi Youngling

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    J.r.r. Tolkien all the way.
  10. EmperorSorridom Jedi Knight

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  11. darkknight_152002 Jedi Knight

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    Other: Ursula K Le Guin for her Earthsea cycle.
  12. americantragedy Jedi Youngling

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    sarah douglass. she wrote "the wayfarer redemption"(the wayfarer redemtion, enchanter, starman, & sinner so far, 2 more to come!)series and "The Troy Game" both of which rock.
    -mia-
  13. Darth-Lutgerous Jedi Master

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    J.R.R. Tolkien. No one is even close.
  14. DarthMorsus Jedi Youngling

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    Tolkien. I really don't know how many times I have read LotR.
  15. Sango71104 Jedi Padawan

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  16. darthdan70 Jedi Youngling

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    J.K. Rowling all the way man
  17. Darth_Rags Jedi Youngling

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    Tolkien, I read Lord of the Rings when I was ten and it got me into reading.
  18. MyMomIsAnEwok Jedi Youngling

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  19. crystal417 Jedi Padawan

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    I voted other.

    I like J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter ... duh)

    and Marion Zimmer Bradley (who sadly passed away in 1999) for her works of Mists of Avalon and The Firebrand.
  20. Jedi-Night-Fight Jedi Youngling

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  21. corellian-jedi Jedi Youngling

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    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter series. Her writing is so engaging.

    I cannot stand Tolkien's writing style. Had to slap myself several times to stay awake in "Fellowship". Tried "The Hobbit", "The Two Towers", and "Return of the King" ... ended up utterly bored. I kept trying to read his books because so many people enjoy them - I don't and I never will.
  22. master_hard_bread Jedi Youngling

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    Tolkien was the best of the best, but he doesn't really count, too old. I had to go with other R.A.Salvatore.
  23. green-boy Jedi Padawan

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    J.R.R. Tolkien with Lord of the Rings wins my vote. I do like Herbert and his Dune series, but as read in the first few posts he's more sci-fi. :)
  24. sccrman95 Jedi Padawan

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