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William C. Dietz (born 1945) is an American science fiction writer, principally of military science fiction novels and video game novelizations.

William C. Dietz
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Born1945 (age 73–74)
NationalityUnited States
GenreScience fiction
SpouseMarjorie Dietz


Dietz grew up in the Seattle area and served in the Navy as a corpsman, serving in a Marine Corps unit. He graduated from the University of Washington, and lived in Africa for half a year.

Dietz has been employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, news writer, television producer and director of public relations and marketing for an international telephone company. He and his wife Marjorie live near the city of Gig Harbor in Washington State.


Dietz indicated that he discovered science fiction while in grade school and continued to read SF from that point on. He knew he wanted to be a writer at age twenty or so, but never got around to it until he was thirty-nine, which was one year shy of a self-imposed deadline of forty.

Dietz wrote War World (now Galactic Bounty) in 1984. It was accepted for publication upon Dietz's initial submission. From that point on, he continued to produce at least a book a year, eventually becoming a full-time novelist in 2002. He has written over forty novels.

Dietz has written a number of notable tie-in novels including Halo: The Flood based on the popular Halo series of video games, as well as three Star Wars expanded universe novels featuring the adventures of Kyle Katarn, and two books in the popular Resistance universe. He also wrote the script for the Legion of the Damned game (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) based on his book of the same name—and co-wrote Sony's Resistance: Burning Skies game for the PS Vita along with Mike Bates.


As Dietz wrote Galactic Bounty it was his intention to create a sprawling universe that could be used as a setting for numerous books. Galactic Bounty, Imperial Bounty, Alien Bounty, McCade's Bounty, Drifter, Drifter's Run, Drifter's War, Freehold, and Prison Planet were all set in what Dietz refers to as the "McCade universe", and some of the books share characters or refer to each other in some way. Most of the themes that Dietz likes to write about including futuristic soldiers, alien politics, cyborgs, and shape shifters are all established in these early novels.

Crisis of Empire
Drifter series
  • Drifter
  • Drifter’s Run
  • Drifter’s War
Jak Rebo
  • Runner
  • Runner: Logos Run (HC)
Legion series
  1. Legion of the Damned (1993)
  2. The Final Battle (1995)
  3. By Blood Alone (1999)
  4. By Force of Arms (2000)
  5. For More Than Glory (2004)
  6. For Those Who Fell (2005)
  7. When All Seems Lost (2008)
  8. When Duty Calls (2008)
  9. A Fighting Chance (2011)
  10. Andromeda's Fall (2012)
  11. Andromeda's Choice (2013)
  12. Andromeda's War (2014)
Rex Corvan
  • Matrix Man
  • Mars Prime
Sam McCade
  1. Galactic Bounty (War World)
  2. Imperial Bounty
  3. Alien Bounty
  4. McCade's Bounty
  • McCade for Hire (omnibus of Galactic Bounty and Imperial Bounty)
  • McCade on the Run (omnibus of Alien Bounty and McCade's Bounty)
The Sauron duology
  • DeathDay
  • EarthRise
Jak Cato
  • At Empire's Edge
  • Bones of Empire
The Mutant Files trilogy
  • Deadeye
  • Redzone
  • Graveyard
America Rising trilogy
  • Into the Guns (2016)
  • Seek and Destroy (2017)
  • Battle Hymn (2018)
Star Wars novels
Mass Effect franchise
Starcraft franchise
  • StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils, Simon & Schuster
Halo franchise
Hitman franchise
Other novels
Video games
  • Legion of the Damned (iPhone game)
  • Resistance: Burning Skies (with Mike Bates)

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