I've tried reading King's Dark Tower series and some of Cook's works and disliked both. Never heard of the other guys.
Is it the intent for the thread to come up with a list of cool authors, or a list of authors who write much like the Appendix N authors, or both? G.R.R. Martin probably fits both of those criteria, and I don't like reading his stuff that much, either.
Also, you might want to look for smaller images. Hard to see the giganto ones.
hm...good question. well my intention was clear at the moment of the initial post. it probably drifted away little bit latter.
what i wanted is basically for us to think about pulp sword and sorcery as genre that is alive and not only historical. for example, richard morgan has written two books (cold commands & steel remains) that conform almost to all genre rules: protagonists (outcast wandering swordsman, barbarian hero, mad emperor, mysterious lady of the court...), setting (alien technology that seems like magic, diminishing alien races that have all but left the world, strange otherworldly entities...) and plot (alien menace, slavers, strange drugs...). it is obviously influenced by vance (dying earth), moorcock (elric) and probably most of all karl edward wagner's kane.
to me it seems that these books could fit appendix n. i would not feel the same about martin. i mean it could fit if it was about adventures of tyrion, hound and jamie during the war. maybe the best definition that i can offer is that novels that i would include would feature characters that are not heroes but instead adventurers, reavers, cutpurses, heathen-slayers and tight-lipped warlocks guarding long-dead secrets
oh, and sorry 'bout images. i get carried away.