William Corey Dietz (born 1945) is a U.S. science fiction author who has written more than 30 novels, some of which have been translated into German, French, Russian, Korean and Japanese. In addition to more than 25 original novels including his popular Legion of The Damned series Dietz has written a number of notable tie-in novels including Halo: The Flood based on a popular video game, as well as three Star Wars books featuring the adventures of Kyle Katarn.
Dietz grew up in the Seattle area where he admits to being a so-so student, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a hospital corpsman, graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Communications and worked as a surgical technician, college instructor, and news writer. Later he worked for what was US West in a number of different marketing communications and public relations related jobs before leaving to accept a position as Director of Public Relations and Marketing for international telephone company edge2net.
Dietz indicates 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 and it sold the first time he sent it in. From that point on he continued to produce at least a book a year eventually becoming a full time novelist in 2002.
Dietz and his wife Marjorie live near the city of Gig Harbor in Washington State.
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.
Galactic Bounty (War World)
McCade For Hire (Includes Galactic Bounty and Imperial Bounty)
McCade On The Run (Includes Alien Bounty and McCade’s Bounty)
Legion Of The Damned
The Final Battle
By Blood Alone
By Force of Arms
For More Than Glory
For Those Who Fell
When All Seems Lost
When Duty Calls
The Sauron duology
Logos Run (HC)
Where The Ships Die
Cluster Command with David Drake
Soldier For The Empire, Dark Forces, Lucas Films (HC)