long [and incomplete list]:
Guy Gavriel Kay
George R R Martin
Lois McMaster Bujold
Iain M Banks
Gabriel Garcia Marques
I will probably add Peter S Beagle, after I read more of his work
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My boss reads those Prey novels all the time.
William Burroughs & Philip K Dick (except that one co-authored with Zelaney-yeesh!)
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Authors who never miss? Never, ever?
I could list my top twenty all time favourites here, apart from the fact that when I really, really think about it, there is always that one book that I felt could have been better, or the one I wish I'd never picked up.
So, having scanned my shelves, I can really only come up with Clarke and Asimov as being faultless (based on what I have, which is not quite everything).
Cool concept. I personally have to rule out authors with insufficient sample size (e.g. Rothfuss with only two works).
Stephen R. Donaldson
Carol Berg [newly minted - currently enjoying a feverish Berg-mania]
R. Scott Bakker
Hmm. I will throw my hat into the ring:
Brandon Sanderson (original works)
Never miss is a big call, but there are a few for me:
Alastair Reynolds (still a few more of his to read)...
+ I've only read two of his books (with plans for more) - Chris Wooding.
Not really never miss but authors I would read as soon as they publish something new:
Zelazny (first and foremost)
Robert Parker (mystery)
(the above all RIP so there will be no more)
Dave Duncan (I like most of his stuff)
Ruth Rendell (as soon as a new Wexford book comes out I read it but do not read any of her standalone)
PC Hodgell (not hard to keep up with her output)
There are probably a couple others I am not thinking of.
There are many books I like a lot but do not automatically read everything the author writes (E.G. GRR Martin).
Not many for me, but I would go with Graham Masterton and Robert McCammon.
Authors who never missed?
Number one on my list would have to be David Gemmell, I loved all 30 of his books, still missing his Ross Harding one.
Close second Joe Abercrombie, an awe inspiring author!
Also Brent Weeks and Peter V. Brett. Douglas Hulick looks like a promising candidate aswell.
In regard to the O.P. I think every author has bad stories or books so I don't believe anyone is a "Never Miss" some are close. Best I can say is that certain authors I will buy there books with very little to recommend them other than reputation.
Ursula K. Leguin
E. L. Doctorow
and many who are not longer producing new books as they are no longer with us.
And then there are those I've tried multiple times and will not buy unless they get extraordinary recommendations.
And there are many in the middle of this shifting spectrum of literature. :D
I've never read anything by Dan Simmons, Donaldson, or Abercrombie. I think I'm going to start with Simmons because of Bob Gray's recommendations on another thread, but of the other two, what are some of everyone's favorites??
For me I can only say Steven King. I want to say Clive Barker, but I didn't like Sacrament at all, and I didn't really like Galillee either. Everything else (I think I have read them all) I really loved so I guess that still counts? I have liked everything I've read by Anne Rice, too. Also R.A. Salvatore (especially The Dark Elf stuff).
I loved Donaldson's Thomas Covenant Chronicles. Many do not though.
Given that Never is such an uncompromising word. Let's just say those I would read based purely on the authors name.
Laurell K Hamilton
Lois McMaster Bujold