Do you think any current author is of the same caliber as Dickens, Austen, Bronte, or any of the classic authors? If so, who, and why do you think so? If not, why not? What books from this era might be read 100 years from now?
I definitely think there are some modern authors who not only measure up to the classics, but also will be read years from now (here's hoping Twilight is NOT one of those). Authors I'd say who have the staying power of classics would be:
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
These authors certainly embody the story-telling genius that Dickens is known for. There are others, but these are the first that come to my mind.