Fantasy Hall of Fame

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  1. Davis Ashura

    Davis Ashura Would be writer? Sure.

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    Who would make it of 'newer' authors?

    The criteria:

    A) Made their mark on fantasy between 25-40 years ago (lifted that from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).
    B) Likely to still be read 25 years from now

    Obviously, Tolkien, CS Lewis, Lord Dunsany, Jules Verne, etc would be in the Hall of Fame, but who from more recent times would make it?
     
  2. mshnd06

    mshnd06 the Rake

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    Off the top of my head:

    Definitely: Stephen Donaldson, Michael Moorcock, Roger Zelazny, Fritz Leiber, Gene Wolfe, Jack Vance, M. John Harrison, Tanith Lee, Marion Zimmer Bradley, John Crowley, Angela Carter, Stephen King, Ursula K Le Guin, Patricia McKillip, Terry Pratchett, Poul Anderson, Mervyn Peake, George R.R. Martin, Guy Gavriel Kay, Shirley Jackson, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Maybe: Glen Cook, David Gemmell, Katherine Kurtz, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Raymond Feist, Robert Silverberg, Anne McCaffrey

    Additional older guys: George MacDonald, William Morris, E.R. Eddison, Robert E. Howard, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Allen Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jorge Luis Borges
     
  3. Randy M.

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    I would think Jonathan Carroll, Avram Davidson, Zenna Henderson and Guy Gavriel Kay (sp?) would all be considered.


    Randy M.
     
  4. Davis Ashura

    Davis Ashura Would be writer? Sure.

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    Would anyone put Piers Anthony on that list? Mercedes Lackey?
     
  5. PeteMC

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    Michael Moorcock, George Martin, Tanith Lee, Terry Goodkind (I know, but he sold a shedload of books), John Norman (I know, I know, but no one's likely to forget him!), Lovecraft, Robert E Howard, possibly Robert Jordan, Anne Rice if we're including that as fantasy.
     
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    PeteMC @PeteMC666

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    Hmmm, maybe

    No
     
  7. Simon F

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    Robert Jordan i think he did more than enough to be a definate!

    David Gemmell - for me the best
     
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    owlcroft Webmaster, Great SF&F

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    Dating is tricky.

    I don't really know the years for most writers save in a very, very general sense. Given that some may be too recent or (much more likely) too old, and that I'm sure this overlaps some lists already given. This is by no means exclusive, just some essential names.

    Grand Masters:
    Borges, Jorge Luis
    Calvino, Italo
    Lafferty, R. A.
    Tolkien, J. R. R. (dicey inclusion; dating based on posthumous publications)
    Vance, Jack

    Other Masters:
    Aickman, Robert
    Beagle, Peter S.
    Bellairs, John (adult work pre-1972, but long YA career)
    Blaylock, James
    Carroll, Jonathan
    Chabon, Michael
    Davidson, Avram
    Harrison, M. John
    Hoban, Russell
    Lee, Tanith
    Lightman, Alan (small oeuvre)
    Millhauser, Steven
    Mills, Magnus
    Pratchett, Terry
    Ruff, Matt
    Rushdie, Salman
    Wangerin, Walter Jr.
    Whittemore, Edward
    Wolfe, Gene