When I was reading The Lord of the Rings
for the first time, Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon. The best-known names in the emerging fantasy genre at that time were, besides J.R.R. Tolkien, authors such as Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Michael Moorcock, L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter –
and a few writers off the mainstream including James Branch Cabell and E.R. Eddison. Out of more than four and a half decades of reading I have chosen my favorite top ten novels.