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Subject: Recommended Fantasy Authors List - Part 5/5

This article was archived around: 19 Dec 1998 14:07:10 GMT

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Archive-name: fantasy/recommended-authors/part5 Posting-Frequency: monthly Last-modified: 1998/03/01 URL: http://www.sff.net/people/Amy.Sheldon/listcont.htm Version: 3.0
THE RECOMMENDED FANTASY AUTHORS LIST - ver. 3.0 Part 5 of 5 NOTICE OF MAJOR CHANGE TO LIST Beginning with the March, 1998 posting, only those authors with six or more recommendations will have detailed listings. THE FULL LIST, WITH TITLES AND COMMENTS ON *ALL* RECOMMENDED AUTHORS, is available at the list web site: http://www.sff.net/people/Amy.Sheldon/listcont.htm Unfortunately, the Recommended Fantasy Author List has just gotten too large to continue posting the entire thing. TOTAL NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS PER AUTHOR The List contains every fantasy author recommended by seven or more people. Some authors turned up on enough lists to gain special status as either "Highly Recommended" or "Recommended." Second on the list of Highly Recommended authors (appears on 20% or more of the recommendation lists) is: Raymond Feist Joining him are: Terry Brooks, Stephen Donaldson, Robert Jordan, Guy Gavriel Kay, Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, Terry Pratchett, Melanie Rawn, J.R.R. Tolkien, the Margaret Weis/Tracy Hickman combo and Tad Williams. David Eddings is in the number one spot with 154 recommendations (hardly surprising, since the List originated in alt.fan.eddings). Recommended authors (10% - 19%) are: Lloyd Alexander, Piers Anthony, Robert Asprin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Steven Brust, Susan Cooper, Dave Duncan, David Gemmell, Barbara Hambly, Katherine Kerr, Katherine Kurtz, Ursula Le Guin, C.S. Lewis, Julian May, Michael Moorcock, R.A. Salvatore, Janny Wurts and Roger Zelazny Following are the authors with recommendations from six or more of those sending in lists and their total number of recommendations (as of 1/31/98) Eddings, David. . . . . 156 Feist, Raymond. . . . . .74 Jordan, Robert. . . . . .72 Tolkien, J.R.R. . . . . .68 Donaldson, Stephen. . . .58 Brooks, Terry . . . . . .50 Pratchett, Terry. . . . .48 Williams, Tad . . . . . .42 McCaffrey, Anne . . . . .41 Kay, Guy Gavriel. . . . .39 Weis & Hickman. . . . . .39 Lackey, Mercedes. . . . .32 Kerr, Katharine . . . . .31 Kurtz, Katherine. . . . .31 Rawn, Melanie . . . . . .28 Le Guin, Ursula . . . . .27 Lewis, C.S. . . . . . . .24 Zelazny, Roger. . . . . .24 May, Julian . . . . . . .23 Brust, Steven . . . . . .21 Hambly, Barbara . . . . .21 Moorcock, Michael . . . .21 Gemmell, David. . . . . .20 Bradley, Marian Zimmer. .19 Duncan, Dave. . . . . . .19 Alexander, Lloyd. . . . .18 Wurts, Janny. . . . . . .18 Anthony, Piers. . . . . .17 Cooper, Susan . . . . . .17 Salvatore, R.A. . . . . .17 Asprin, Robert. . . . . .16 de Lint, Charles. . . . .16 McKillip, Patricia. . . .16 Cherryh, C.J. . . . . . .14 Beagle, Peter . . . . . .13 Goodkind, Terry . . . . .13 Card, Orson Scott . . . .12 McKinley, Robin . . . . .12 Cook, Glen. . . . . . . .11 Lawhead, Stephen. . . . .11 Roberson, Jennifer. . . .11 Tepper, Sheri . . . . . .11 Vance, Jack . . . . . . .11 Wells, Angus. . . . . . .11 de Camp, L. Sprague . . .10 Hobb, Robin . . . . . . .10 MacAvoy, R.A. . . . . . .10 Modesitt, L.E.. . . . . .10 Moon, Elizabeth . . . . .10 Wrede, Patricia . . . . .10 Cook, Hugh. . . . . . . . 9 Foster, Alan Dean . . . . 9 Saberhagen, Fred. . . . . 9 Carroll, Lewis. . . . . . 8 Hughart, Barry. . . . . . 8 Jones, Diana Wynne. . . . 8 Norton, Andre . . . . . . 8 Rice, Ann . . . . . . . . 8 Stasheff, Christopher . . 8 Taylor, Roger . . . . . . 8 Watt-Evans, Lawrence. . . 8 Wolfe, Gene . . . . . . . 8 Eisenstein, Phyllis . . . 7 Friedman, C.S.. . . . . . 7 Goldman, William. . . . . 7 Green, Simon. . . . . . . 7 King, Stephen . . . . . . 7 Powers, Tim . . . . . . . 7 Reichart, Mickey Z. . . . 7 Rosenberg, Joel . . . . . 7 Tarr, Judith. . . . . . . 7 White, T.H. . . . . . . . 7 Bradbury, Ray . . . . . . 6 Cooper, Louise. . . . . . 6 Dean, Pamela. . . . . . . 6 Dunsany, Lord . . . . . . 6 Edgerton, Teresa. . . . . 6 Hodgell, P.C. . . . . . . 6 Jacques, Brian. . . . . . 6 Leiber, Fritz . . . . . . 6 Russell, Sean . . . . . . 6 Wylie, Jonathan . . . . . 6 The following authors have received recommendations, but they haven't yet reached the magic "6 of those recommending" mark. Full listings for them can be found on the List's homepage: http://www.sff.net/people/Amy.Sheldon/listcont.htm Abbey, Lynn Ackroyd, Peter Adams, Richard Aldiss, Brian Anderson, Poul Aratyr, Risa Attanasio, A.A. Bailey, Hilary Bailey, Robin Barker, Clive Barker, M.A.R. Baudino, Gael Baum, L. Frank Bear, Greg Bell, Clare Bellairs, John Blaylock, James Blish, James Blyton, Enid Bova, Ben Boyer, Elizabeth Bradshaw, Gillian Bramah, Ernest Brenner, Meyer Brin, David Brittain, C. Dale Bujold, Lois Bull, Emma Burroughs, E.R. Butler, Octavia Byatt, A.S. Cabell, James B. Caldecott, Moyra Callander, Don Carmody, Isobel Carter, Angela Carter, Lin Chalker, Jack Chant, Joy Cochran, Molly & Murphy, Warren Cole, Adrian Cole, Allan Cook, Rick Crawford, F. Marion Daley, Brian David, Peter Davidson, Avram DeCarlo, Elisa DeChancie, John Deitz, Tom Dexter, Susan Dickson, Gordon Downer, Ann Drake, David Duane, Diane Eddison, E.R. Edghill, Rosemary Elgin, Suzette Emerson, Ru Ende, Michael Fancher, Jane Fergusson, Bruce Finney, Charles Finney, Jack Flewelling, Lynn Ford, Richard Friesner, Esther Furey, Maggie Gardner, Craig Garner, Alan Garrett, Randall Gentle, Mary Goldstein, Lisa Greeno, Gayle Grimm, Brothers Haggard, H. Rider Hamilton, Laurel Hand, Elizabeth Hardy, Lyndon Harris, Deborah Turner Harrison, Harry Hawke, Simon Hildebrandt, Brothers Hodgson, William Holdstock, Robert Holt, Tom Hood, Daniel Horwood, William Howard, Robert Huff, Tanya Hughes, Robert Jakes, John Jansson, Tove Jeffries, Michael Jones, J.V. Kaye, Marvin Kearney, Paul Kellogg, Marjorie Knaak, Richard Kushner, Ellen L'engle, Madelaine Lee, Tanith Lindgren, Astrid Lisle, Holly Llywelyn, Morgan Lorrah, Jean MacDonald, George Machen, Arthur Martensson, Bertil Martin, George R.R. McGirt, Dan McKenzie, Nancy Merritt, A. Moore, C.L. Morressy, John Morris, William Morrison, Patricia Kennealy Morwood, Peter Mundy, Talbot Munn, H. Warner Myers, John Myers O'Donohoe, Nick O'Shea, Pat Paxson, Diane Peake, Mervyn Pierce, Meredith Pini, Wendy & Richard Byron Preiss & J. Michael Reaves Price, E. Hoffman Pullman, Philip Pyle, Howard Rankin, Robert Rowley, Christopher Rusch, Kristine Russ, Joanna Sampson, Fay Scarborough, Elizabeth Schmidt, Dennis Scott, Michael Shea, Michael Sherman, Delia Sherman, Josepha Shetterly, Will Shilltoe, Tony Shinn, Sharon Silke, James Silverberg, Robert Simak, Clifford Simmons, Dan Smith, Julie Dean Smith, Thorne Snyder, Midori Snyder, Zilpha Springer, Nancy Stevens, Francis Stevermer, Caroline Stewart, Mary Stewart, Sean Swann, Thomas Burnett Tilley, Patrick Timlett, Peter Valentine Turtledove, Harry Van Asten, Gail Van Lustbader, Eric Vardeman, Robert Volsky, Paula Wagner, Karl E. Walton, Evangeline Warrington, Freda Wells, Martha West, Michelle Sagara Whyte, Jack Willey, Elizabeth Williams, Charles Williamson, Philip Wood, Bridget Yarbro, Chelsea Yolen, Jane Zimmer, Paul FINDING THESE BOOKS Many of the books listed are currently in print, or were popular enough that you should be able to track them down in a used-bookstore or at the library. I have attempted to note those that will be particularly difficult to find. This is written from a United States viewpoint - those of you in Canada, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere may need to put forth quite a bit more effort. The easiest place to start looking if you can't tear yourself from your computer to go to your local bookstore is amazon.com. They have a huge selection of books (just about everything in print, so far as I can tell), are incredibly easy to use, offer discount prices, and reasonable shipping rates. And, yes, they do ship everywhere in the world. You can find them at http://www.amazon.com Other well-regarded on-line bookstores include Book Stacks (a personal favorite, since their physical location is my home town) at http://www.books.com and Future Fantasy at http://futfan.com Future Fantasy has the tremendous advantage of being a science fiction and fantasy specialty store, so if you have an obscure request they are a lot more likely to be able to help you. All three of the the above are U.S. based. For those in Britain, Bookpages at http://www.bookpages.co.uk has been mentioned to me several times. Another is the Internet Book Shop, located at http://www.bookshop.co.uk If anyone is willing to recommend some European and/or Asian bookstores with a web presence, I'll be happy to list them. Finding books that are out of print will take a little more effort. For those of you in Britain, Dave recommends Fantastic Literature. They only deal in mail order, and have a large selection of out-of-print sf, fantasy and horror. Contact them at: Fantastic Literature, 33 The Ramparts, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8NJ Two of the best places to look for used books on the Web are Interloc and A.B.E. Try them at http://www.abebooks.com http://www.interloc.com DOWNLOADING THE LIST Yes! You too can have your very own copy of the Recommended Fantasy Author List on your very own personal computer! There are a couple of ways to go about it: 1) E-mail me at ais3@po.cwru.edu Be sure to let me know whether you want the list in one big lump as a MIME attached file, or broken up into five separate messages. 2) Via anonymous ftp to rtfm.mit.edu (and its mirror sites) from the directory /pub/usenet/alt.fan.eddings/ 3) If you don't have access to ftp, you can use the news.answers ftp-by-mail server. Send a message to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the following six lines in the body (not the subject) of the message: send usenet/news.answers/fantasy/recommended-authors/part1 send usenet/news.answers/fantasy/recommended-authors/part2 send usenet/news.answers/fantasy/recommended-authors/part3 send usenet/news.answers/fantasy/recommended-authors/part4 send usenet/news.answers/fantasy/recommended-authors/part5 quit ABOUT THE LIST This listing was created in April 1994, following what seemed like the 900th posting of "what other authors should I read?" in the alt.fan.eddings newsgroup. Originally, the tone of the editorial comments was intended to be neutral, since this is a compilation of the recommendations of many people and not a list of my personal favorites. This policy has gradually eroded, and the perceptive reader can probably make some pretty good guesses as to which books are particularly favored by the FAQMaster. Do note, however, that there are quite a few books on this list that I either haven't read, tried and didn't like, or wouldn't recommend to an enemy, let alone a friend, so don't blame ME if you spot an author that you absolutely loathe. Recommenders are encouraged to keep their lists updated - in fact, I try to write occasionally to confirm that the choices I have on record are what was actually sent. This list doesn't contain shared world novels and short story collections, except in those cases where I feel like including them (hey, it's called Editorial Privilege.) I also avoid listing books with multiple authors, mainly because I'm never quite sure where to put them. The dividing line between fantasy, science fiction, and horror is indistinct and highly subjective. Inclusion on this list for those books that straddle the border depends on three factors: How many people push for inclusion of the author, how the publisher markets the book, and, most importantly, whether it matches *my* definition of fantasy (remember that editorial privilege I mentioned?) I would like to note that most the long-running, open-ended series contained herein do tend to have one major problem: They get weaker as they progress (Piers Anthony is the prime example of this tendency.) Try to start with the earlier books in the series, so you can get thoroughly hooked and are compelled to keep reading even after the author just starts hacking them out. CREDITS Many people made suggestions and offered aid and comfort in the creation of this list. Many thanks to everyone who sent me lists of their favorite Recommended Authors, and if any of you read any *new* authors you want to recommend, let me know. Three cheers for: Jonathan Yen - who has almost as many books on his recommendation list as I do Donal Fellows - ruler of the Eddings home page (as well as all that he surveys). View it (and this list too!) at: http://r8h.cs.man.ac.uk:8000/eddings/ Special thanks to all of the following, who helped to fill in the blanks, suggested new authors to add to the list, and/or sent me Real Nice Mail: Tim Abicht (Eriond), Henry Andrews, Corinne Aragaki, Denis Aumueller, Krista Babstock, Zachary Mitch Binder, Elizabeth Blatt, Fredrik Blom, Doug Bowles, Jan Erik Breimo, Daphne Brinkerhoff, Edward Buckley, Andy Carlson, Simon Challands, Steve Christensen, Stephen Clark, Stevie Clifford (a.k.a. Gaspode Wannabe), Cyradis, Amy Darke, Nathan Daniel, Jessika Diamond, Asher Dunn, Matthew Dworkin, Richard Faircloth, Paul Farris, Donal Fellows, Michael Crist Ferguson, Maria Fox, David Geelan, Kevin Green, Jo Harrold, Clint Hauser, Simon Hogley, Genevieve Hoog, Ironczar, Jani Joki, Glynne Jones, Mark Allen Jones, Scott Kessler, Gerard Kilgallon, Derrek Kirk, Michael X. Koon, Jim Lahue, Glynis Long, Mike Loux, Dwayne MacKinnon, Peter Maranci, Beth Martin, Craig Meyer, Naomi, Barry Nelson, Ray Pugh, Tarja Rainio, Ronan, Leigh Rooney, Kevin Roose, Steve Sams, Heather Sexauer, Joe "Uno" Shaw, Eric Siebert, Martin Slade, Dean Smith, Lars H. Tombre, Garry Turkington, Luke Vaughn, Michael van Acken, B.J. van Look, Elaine Walker, Wardley the Wizzy, Brett Whinnen, Adam Wick, Pamela Wolff, Theresa Yoder The listing was created and is maintained by Amy Sheldon. Permission to reproduce this material for non-profit purposes is freely granted, however it would be really nice if you asked first. Not only can I then make sure that you have the latest version, I'll also have the chance to be tremendously flattered that someone actually wants this list. Any corrections, comments or questions should be sent to: amy.sheldon@sff.net