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Who is the greatest modern fantasy author?

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


Who is the greatest modern fantasy author?

Poll closed Mar 24, 2012.
  1. George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire)

  2. J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)

  3. Neil Gaiman (Sandman)

  4. Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time)

  5. Matthew Woodring Stover (Heroes Die)

  6. Tad Williams (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn)

  7. Terry Pratchet (Discworld)

  8. David Eddings (The Belgariad)

  9. Terry Goodkind (The Sword of Truth)

  10. Other (some other book or series)

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  1. bedada3

    bedada3 Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 9, 2002
    Clive Staples Lewis. Rowling doesn't belong on the list because she's a post-modern author.
  2. Saber_Leader

    Saber_Leader Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 28, 2003

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

    Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling star 10

    Jul 9, 1999
  4. Rowan_Jade

    Rowan_Jade Jedi Master star 3

    Nov 14, 2003
    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

    Blithe Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 24, 2003
    Probably Tolkien, but Stover writes some awsome stuff. :cool:
  6. fosh-bantus88

    fosh-bantus88 Jedi Padawan star 4

    Oct 27, 2003
    tolkien owns em' all.
  7. SaberGiiett7

    SaberGiiett7 Jedi Master star 6

    Jul 2, 2002
    Uhhh. . . Terry Goodkind!

    <[-]> Saber
  8. JediLeeora

    JediLeeora Jedi Youngling star 3

    Jun 22, 2004
    I would have to say: terry brooks "The shananara series" and Christopher paolini "Eragon". :)

    ST-TPM-ASF-TNE Moderator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 27, 2001
    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

    stradman Jedi Youngling star 3

    Jan 14, 2002
    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

    SaberGiiett7 Jedi Master star 6

    Jul 2, 2002
    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

    Mastadge Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 4, 1999
    ::Reads previous post::
    ::Shoots self::
  13. Jedi_Hood

    Jedi_Hood Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Feb 10, 2000
    Tolkien - no contest.
  14. Pelranius

    Pelranius Jedi Master star 5

    Apr 25, 2003
    Easily Tolkein.

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

    Ginger_Jedi Jedi Knight star 6

    Jun 4, 2001
    Garth Nix and Philip Pullman.
  16. Southernjedi

    Southernjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jul 1, 2002
    I voted for Tolkien.

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

    Marcus-Aurelius Jedi Youngling star 2

    Jun 18, 2004
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings are great.

    YODA_SITH Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 11, 2003
    I personally dont like Tolken, but I dont have a favorite cause I dont really like fantasy.
  19. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    Terry pratchett is just so randomly hilarious that he's my favorite, handsdown.
  20. Zinergy

    Zinergy Jedi Youngling star 2

    Aug 22, 2004
    J.R.R. Tolkien - without a doubt!
  21. Lady Phoenix

    Lady Phoenix Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jun 14, 1999
    J. K. Rowling is right up there with Tolkien in my book.
  22. Talonah

    Talonah Jedi Youngling star 4

    Mar 29, 2004
    Karen Kancock.
  23. danmcken

    danmcken Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Nov 7, 2003
    Clive Barker by miles the others just rehash the same old stuff
  24. TheEmperorsProtege

    TheEmperorsProtege Jedi Knight star 5

    May 22, 2004
  25. --Skywalker--

    --Skywalker-- Jedi Youngling star 2

    Oct 3, 2004
    J.R.R Tolkien
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