Erich von D niken is arguably the most widely read and most-copied nonfiction author in the world. He published his first and best-known book, Chariots of the Gods, in 1968. The worldwide bestseller was followed by forty more books, including The Eyes of the Sphinx, Twilight of the Gods, History Is Wrong, Evidence of the Gods, and Odyssey of the Gods. His works have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold more than sixty-seven million copies. Several have also been made into films. Von D niken's ideas have been the inspiration for a wide range of TV series, including the History channel's hit Ancient Aliens. He lives in Switzerland but is an ever-present figure on the international lecture circuit.