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Re: Fantasy Authors

The only thing I read by Gene Wolfe was a short story in The Sandman: Book of Dreams anthology called Ain't You 'Most Done?

That piece of crap was so unreadable that I decided never to read anything else written by Gene Wolfe.

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Re: Fantasy Authors

For traditional fantasy like "sword and sorcery", I go to the following authors:

J. R. R. Tolkien, supreme master of language, names, and mythic fantasy as genuine, profound symbols of European and Nordic culture. Hail!

Jack Vance: The four Dying Earth books, and the three Lyonesse books. Brilliant. And humorous.

Fritz Leiber: Fafhrd and the Grey Mauser stories.

(I should probably also add R. E. Howard to the list ("father" of S & S), but I have not read so many of his Conan stories, and I find him a too personal rebellious force to call his work traditional fantasy. I see it more as fighting fantasy, and historical fantasy. And I see him as one of the three great literary Weird Tales fantasists, which was a phenomenon on its own.)

Outside of traditional fantasy, there is lots of great fantasy, which may be more personal or specific in style, or where the boundary between science fiction and fantasy is open. Clark Ashton Smith, H. P. Lovecraft, R. E. Howard, A. Merritt, W. H. Hodgson, ... etc, etc. And don't forget E. R. Burroughs!
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Re: Fantasy Authors

I quite liked Gene Wolfe's novella "Seven American Nights", about a future in which a wealthy Iranian man visits an America some years after nuclear devastation and most Americans live in third world poverty. I especially like the scene in which he pities a group of people doing Christian rituals because he knows what the rituals are for and they don't.

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His story in Cthulhu 2000 was decent too (even with its overuse of nigh unreadable regional dialect).
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Re: Fantasy Authors

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I really like Vance's Dying Earth books. They've got really rich prose and concern bizarre, exotic lands, but I can only read so much at a time. The prose can be overwhelming, like really rich chocolate.
I don't read that much fantasy, most of it isn't to my taste. Still, I'd like to see a fantasy novel in the style of a 19th century realist. Clear, neutral prose and depressing themes, like the effects of dragons on rural economies and the immiseration of the villagers.
You should check out Michael Swanwick.

I've only read a few stories, but his "King Dragon" was really eye-opening as someone who grew up on heavy doses of straight-forward high/epic fantasy.

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Re: Fantasy Authors

I really enjoyed Mythago Wood and Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock.

I think I'll reread them.

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Has anyone mentioned Michael Shea? They should.
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I mentioned him but I haven't gotten around to reading my Nifft or Yana books yet.

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Re: Fantasy Authors

I never liked how fantastic genres are marked off. That said, I definitely dislike most of what gets classified as Fantasy and Science Fiction because I long ago got burnt out on all the world building. I enjoy both fairy tales and magical realism, however. Rhys Hughes, who I'd classify as a fabulist, is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, as is George Berguno, who's anthologies intermix weird horror in contemporary settings with historical fantasy. I still admire Tanith Lee, and among world-builders, make exceptions for Moorcock, Leiber, and Howard (probably because they never tied major plot points to knowing elaborate political factions, genealogies, and geographies). I'm also reading quite a bit of mythology again - I'm really enjoying Larrington's translation of the Poetic Edda, which I just started this week.
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Re: Fantasy Authors

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I really like Vance's Dying Earth books. They've got really rich prose and concern bizarre, exotic lands, but I can only read so much at a time. The prose can be overwhelming, like really rich chocolate.
I don't read that much fantasy, most of it isn't to my taste. Still, I'd like to see a fantasy novel in the style of a 19th century realist. Clear, neutral prose and depressing themes, like the effects of dragons on rural economies and the immiseration of the villagers.
You should check out Michael Swanwick.

I've only read a few stories, but his "King Dragon" was really eye-opening as someone who grew up on heavy doses of straight-forward high/epic fantasy.
Swanwick's earlier cyberpunk stuff is essential, but for fantasy you can't beat 'The Iron Dragon's Daughter.' Amazing!!

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