William Dietrich

About me

William Dietrich is the author of 17 books, including the Ethan Gage series of Napoleonic adventures and books set in World War II and the Roman Empire. His work has sold into 28 languages. As a journalist he shared a Pulitzer for covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and has worked as a university professor.

From my website

Ethan Continues

Ethan Gage is in trouble again. Thank you. When HarperCollins decided last year that the series had run its commercial course and declined to contract for book eight, I thought they might have a point. I warned readers of this blog that Ethan looked headed for retirement. But a bunch…


Evolutionary biologists who strip life to its essentials have suggested that humans are basically just DNA replication machines. Purpose of life? To pass on our DNA code of nucleotides, in combination with a partner’s, to succeeding generations. All the work, love, ambition and angst is, in the end, a lot…

Slums of Yosemite

My wife and I were reminded what a glorious spectacle the American West is when we took a recent road trip: on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway through the southern Cascades and northern Sierras, over to wine country, and up the Oregon Coast. The climax, as our most dramatic and…

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