The ’90s saw incredible new authors join those from the ’80s.
As I recounted in So You Want To Read The ’80s, the SF&F genre saw unbelievable growth in the ’80s. It rolled right into the ’90s, with many of those same authors continuing established series — the success and money made from those series allowing publishers to find new talent. And there was a lot of talent to be found, as you will see below.
SF&F also saw the field branch out into under represented territory, some readers moving away from the epic and high fantasy of the ’80s and early ’90s for bestselling urban and paranormal romance fantasies. But perhaps even more important for the genre were the publications of A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, both of which Terry Brooks attributes to “making fantasy safe for the entire world to read.” I will not list them below since who hasn’t read them?
That leaves some great books, some of which I know you’ve read, others that are waiting for you to be discovered. This list in no way represents every great novel from the ’90s. Rather, it is a wonderful and power-filled starting point.
How many of these have you read? And what would you add? Comment below!