As promised in my Jubilee special on the top 5 British fantasy authors, in celebration of July 4th while everyone's going nuts with fireworks and such, I give you my top 5 American contributions to fantasy. This also coincides with the Insecure Writer's Support Group, so I make the tenuous link by hoping that you take some inspiration from these fantasy greats when you're feeling insecure about your own writing. They made it, and so can you.
Incidentally, I'd like to apologise for the behaviour of my nation during the 1700's. We get kind of greedy once we get our paws on a country. But we gave you guys Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Doctor Who, so forgive and forget, eh?
Robert E. Howard - Conan the Barbarian
David Eddings - The Elenium Series
The man who put the 'epic' in epic fantasy. His Wheel of Time series is eleven books into it's fourteen book run - a series that continues to be written despite Jordan's death in 2007 (kudos to Brandon Sanderson for honouring Jordan's legacy). The series contains a lot of high concept mythology and a solid magic system that has inspired another generation of epic fantasy authors.
Robin Hobb - The Farseer Trilogy
Hobb's Farseer Trilogy is considered to be one of the greatest fantasy series of all time, and I'm sad to say that I've not read that much of her work. Whenever I think of Robin Hobb though, I tend to think of dragons above all else. Her approach to 'serious fantasy' means that you've got a well crafted world and a solid magic system that makes sense. I've got the first book of her Liveship Traders Trilogy on my shelf - I should really read it.
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The Daddy himself. Mr. "you'll get your sequels when they're damn good and ready". George R R Martin is a fantasy powerhouse whose booksinspired the 'gritty fantasy' genre. His no nonsense approach in showing the realities of basing your world on Medieval Europe and his 'kill your darlings' attitude to character mortality mark him out as one of the greats. It's no surprise at the HBO adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire is doing so well.
I wanted to include so many more (Stephen Erikkson, R.A. Salvatore, Brandon Sanderson) but I had to whittle it down to 5 authors.
Who makes your top 5 American fantasy authors list? How are you celebrating July 4th?