"Bertil M√É¬•rtensson's trilogy "Maktens V√É¬§gar" is one of the best fantasy works ever. Large, varied world with depth of history, complex characters, and a plot that weaves a large cast together and tears them apart in often surprising (but always internally logical) ways over the course of the three books."
"I vote Jorge Luis Borges - and not just to be poncy, although obviously partly to be poncy. His 'Of Exactitude in Science' about a map as big as the world summed up entirely why I gave up studying social anthropology."
"Michal Ajvaz, a Czech fantasist. His The Other City was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2009 and a second novel of his, The Golden Age, was published earlier this year by the same house. The Other City took a tie for my favorite novel of last year, having shared the spot with Jeff VanderMeer's Finch."
"Kobo Abe - He has one translated short story collection (inter ice age 4), and a handful of short stories translated elsewhere (...I have a few in some modern japanese lit collections.) ...but one of the better (but little known) magical realists."
"'d have to say Thore Hansen. He's a Norwegian author and artist who is most famous for his illustrations. He mostly does children's fantasy, and his books are some of the earliest fantasy books I read. After checking Amazon, I at least found the Ruffen Books he has illustrated in English. These are written by Tor √Öge Bringsv√¶rd, another Norwegian fantasy favourite of mine."
"Jacques Barcia He's a newish Brazilian author of sci-fi and new weird, and has a short-story published in the sci-fi anthology Shine, alongside Alastair Reynolds, Kay Keyon and Jason Stoddard. He also has a short on the upcoming anthology Steampunk II: Reloaded."
"I've not read many but Yasutaka Tsutsui stands out above them all. Above most English language writers too. He's grip of the fantastical and the surreal is amazing. The Last Smoker is a work of brilliance and Salmonella Men on Planet Porno is just weird enough to never be forgotten."