Who in your opinion is the most infleuntial fantasy author?

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  1. SilverDragon.Xx

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    Other than Tolkien the most influential writer has got to be J.K.Rowling..her books are amazing and original!
     
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    If you mean influential as in affecting a person's life and mindset, then I would say it depends on the person.

    For me, it has been Steven Erikson, Robin Hobb and the author of the Darth Bane dualogy, Drew Karpyyshan or something like that. :)
     
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    would still probably say brooks or maybe Donaldson...What about Ann Mcaffrey's dragon riders of Pern series...that was the first books,that started me on series,as opposed too stand alone books....Its all down to personal choice i think...there are always parallel's in any genre...
     
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    Hmm, I've thought of a new one. Dr. Seuss. What author has done more to get young minds interested in fantastical happenings? None. I can say with certainty that reading a Dr Seuss book was my first experience with fantasy, and that it helped to shape my lifelong love of the genre. :)
     
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    This question depends on whether or not you're talking about in "recent times," which would undoubtedly go to JK Rowling hands down.

    If you're talking about the history of fantasy/sci-fi, Lord Dunsany, Harlan Ellison, etc. would be a safer bet.
     
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    Well both i guess. Who inluenced the beginings of certain genres of fantasy, and who has carried on and made them popular today?
     
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    Howard invented sword and sorcery. Before Howard's first S&S story, the subgenre simply did not exist.
     
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    Howard, Burroughs, Lewis, Tolkien certainly

    Brooks did more to put me off fantasy then virtually anybody else ;)

    Rowling? Depends on what you mean by influential.. I don't think HP adds anything to the genre but it certainly introduced more readers/moviegoers to it.
     
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    Told you I was I was wrong!
     
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    So i think i said it before, but can we agree that Howard and Tolkien are the two forfathers of fantasy, and i'm not talking about nordic legends and all that, just proper fantasy authors and who were the most influentual and who either started it all or made it what it is today.
     
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    Unfortunately, there's really nothing you can "add" to the genre at this point. Sure, GRRM is a beloved author, and so's Jordan, but... they didn't particularly contribute anything new/fantastic to the genre. You'd have to go back ~50-60 years to have genre-adding authors.

    The reason why I suggested JK Rowling is that she brought more awareness to the fantasy genre in today's times.
     
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    I'd venture that Ray Bradbury's influence pervades both the fields of Fantasy and Science Fiction; he represented a more humane, romantic aspect of the otherworldy, which I feel other writers have built on and embellished. It's only my opinion, however, and likely I'll be shot down in flames.
     
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    Ray Bradbury is a truely superb author who ranks way above many others. His work, I believe, covers such a wide range that it passess through horror, sci-fi, and fantasy as well as crossing those boundaries. He really is one of the best.

    As for going back to the sources of Sword and Sorcery, even Conan cannot be considered the source of this as Edgar Rice Burroughs and a couple of others were writing their versions of distant lands before Howard. Its all so mixed up with everyone influencing the next.
     
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    I'm sort of surprised no one has mentioned Patricia McKillip. She goes as far back as Leiber and Moorcock... she actually won the World Fantasy Award for fiction before either of them, I think (1975, the first time it was given? And for "Ombria in Shadow," but I don't remember what year... 2002, maybe?) Her style is very unique, and I think influenced the development of what some like to term "romantic fantasy."

    Just a thought.
     
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    Lord Dunsany has been mentioned already but may I also add Clark Ashton Smith ot the mix as a major influence on the style of fantasy writing.
     
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    Tolkien created the template, therefore he must surely stand as the most influential. His book was split into a trilogy due to post-war austerity in Britain, yet how many authors since then have felt the need to write trilogies despite having no such constrictions? Tolkien is the King of Fantasy, rightly or wrongly. I would personally argue that Peake's Gormenghast trilogy deserves similar accolades for its contribution to the fantasy genre, but whatever my personal bias I can't really argue against JRRT.:D
     
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    in general, probably jk rowling
     
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    Oh, dear, I hope not.
     
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    well, you have to admit her books are extremely widespread and widely copied... even to the point of (possibly) rivaling tolkien's stuff.
     
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    Wildly popular, certainly. Widely cloned, yes. But that doesn't necessarily translate to influence. In contrast, Howard and Tolkien invented whole subgenres, and their influence is small compared to the writers of Beowulf and Gilgamesh. Rowling's work may eventually turn into its own subgenre, but I hope not.