Fantasy Hall of Fame
Who would make it of 'newer' authors?
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?
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
I would think Jonathan Carroll, Avram Davidson, Zenna Henderson and Guy Gavriel Kay (sp?) would all be considered.
Originally Posted by mshnd06
Would anyone put Piers Anthony on that list? Mercedes Lackey?
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.
Originally Posted by Radone
Robert Jordan i think he did more than enough to be a definate!
David Gemmell - for me the best
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.
Borges, Jorge Luis
Lafferty, R. A.
Tolkien, J. R. R. (dicey inclusion; dating based on posthumous publications)
Beagle, Peter S.
Bellairs, John (adult work pre-1972, but long YA career)
Harrison, M. John
Lightman, Alan (small oeuvre)
Wangerin, Walter Jr.