“A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”
I am a total bookworm. I read a lot and that’s one of the most magical things in my life.
I love discovering new worlds and stepping into adventures through books – probably that’s why fantasy and science fiction are my favourite literature genres. But not only because of that. I believe that fantasy worlds and characters are actually reflecions of our reality, dreams and problems. And by stepping into them, we can learn more about ourselves and our own world.
But enough of theory and introduction. Meet my top 10 fantasy and science fiction writers! I’m curious, how many of them are your favourites too 🙂
1. J.R.R. Tolkien
Absolute master of classic fantasy, with his exceptional linguistic knowledge and fantastic imagination. I love all Tolkien’s books, but The Lord of The Rings has a special place in my heart. For me it’s the most epic fantasy story, with all its amazing mythological and symbolic meanings. Even my master’s degree work was dedicated to LOTR, along with The Witcher saga by…
2. Andrzej Sapkowski
Probably one of the most famous Polish writers, thanks to fantastic Witcher game, popular all over the world. But believe me, books are even more amazing! With all their great characters, modernistic versions of classic fairytales, references to mythologies and Arthurian legends, as well as modern world’s problems, transferred into unique fantasy realm… Well, if you haven’t read The Witcher saga yet, you definietely should!
3. J.K. Rowling
No need to explain, I guess 😉 I started reading those fantastic books over 20 years ago and I’m still madly in love with them! Rowling created a world, about which every one of us – fantasy lovers – can only dream. And the best thing is, her story was evolving along with us. It was really like finding a close friend in each book of HP series, even if every one accompanied me in a total different part of my life. What can I add… I’m always ready to move to Hogwarts!
4. Terry Pratchett
He’s on the 4th place of the list only because I’ve started reading his books 2 years ago and still haven’t read all of them. But I immediately fell in love with his imagination, wisdom and sense of humour! I love all Discworld series, especially stories with Death and witches. Granny Weatherwax is my hero forever and ever! 🖤
5. Neil Gaiman
You probably could tell it by the quote at the beginning of this post, eh? 😉 I just love his exceptional ideas and wonderful imagination. My favourite Gaiman’s book is American Gods, probably because of all those mythological connections and symbolic meaning. I also love Good Omens, written by Gaiman and Pratchett!
6. Ursula LeGuin
Another classic fantasy author on my list. The most important thing I admire in her writing, is that unique sense of symbolism. Her books aren’t easy (which is good, of course), but rich in deep meanings. I love how she connects her stories with Eastern philosophy, sociology, anthropology and psychology. I’ve read Earthsea (fantasy) and Hainish (science fiction) series so far and loved them both.
7. Orson Scott Card
I know he can be a bit controversial choice because of his personal views (which I don’t suport), but I can’t help it, I absolutely love the Ender series. Those books are a great example of showing, how do mechanisms of manipulation, politics and history work. And at the same time they perfectly present, how an individual’s decisions or ambitions can affect the whole world. I really love the psychological side of that story.
8. Sergei Lukyanenko
Probably the least known on my list. He’s a Russian science fiction and fantasy witer, author of my beloved urban fantasy hexalogy, concentrated on a classic theme: eternal fight between the light and the dark. The story revolves around a confrontation between two opposing supernatural groups (known as “Others”): the Night Watch and the Day Watch. There is no easy way to describe this story properly, so I’d just say: read it, it’s absolutely unique and amazing!
9. Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Not a typical fantasy author, but his stories are definietely a fiction. I’ve read the whole Cemetery of Forgotten Books series so far and they’re one of my favourite books of all time. What can I tell you about Zafon? His vivid, classic writing style is captivating, his characters – fascinating, and stories – mysterious, complex, moving and absolutely unique. Oh, and Barcelona in his books is described so moody, that I want to visit this city even more!
10. Alan Moore
Another “not typical” writer on my list, cause he’s actually an author of comic books stories. Totally exceptional comic books, I’d say. There are no typical heroes there and all stories are way more complex (also psychologically) than usual comic books. The sociological and political backgroud is also rich and interesting. My favourite stories by Moore are: V for Vendetta and Watchmen.
That’s all! The list above is by no means exhaustive, but it includes all authors, whose work had a big impact on me and it’s concurrent in some way with my personal thoughts and views. I’ll probably prepare a seperate post about my beloved classic writers another time 🙂
Now, tell me about your favourite fantasy authors in comments below!