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Bob Zeidman was born in Philadelphia on January 18, 1960. He received two Bachelor's Degrees from Cornell University in Physics and Electrical Engineering, and a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He studied filmmaking at De Anza College.
Several years ago, Bob began writing, directing, editing, mixing, and producing short films. His film, February 20, 1988, an experimental 16mm short, won first place at the 1988 Fremont Film Festival. His follow-up film, Writer's Block, also a 16mm short, was shown at the 1989 Philadelphia International Film Festival.
Bob is also the author of several engineering and business textbooks and has written many non-fiction articles for national magazines on such subjects as filmmaking, business, and engineering. He has interviewed well-known director Robert Altman and independents Roger Nygard and Soviet director Alexander Zeldovich.
Bob’s first love is fiction, and he has written two novels and three screenplays. He was awarded a 1999 Opus Magnum Discovery Award for his unpublished novel Horror Flick from the Hollywood Film Festival, where he got to walk down the red carpet with celebrities like John Voight, Martin Landau, Harrison Ford, and Cameron Diaz. A number of national awards were subsequently presented to Bob for the screenplay version of Horror Flick as well as his other screenplays, The Amazing Adventure of Edward and Dr. Sprechtmachen, and Sex and Violence. The latter screenplay was performed as a staged reading under the auspices of IMAGE, a San Francisco area filmmakers group. In 1998 Bob received a scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center for a month of intensive writing under the tutelage of authors Charles Baxter and David Bradley. However, the first organization to reward Bob for writing fiction was the Foster City Annual International Writers Contest, where he took first place in 1990 for the short story The Lost and Found Virginity and again in 1993 for the short story The Contest. It was these awards that first gave Bob a sense of accomplishment and encouraged him to continue writing.
Bob is married to Carrie Zeidman, a world-renowned artist. They live in Northern California. When he isn't writing, Bob likes to spend his time designing integrated circuits, software, computers, and telecommunication devices. He is the president of Zeidman Consulting, a highly respected engineering design firm in Silicon Valley, and Software Analysis & Forensic Engineering Corporation, a software company creating unique tools for intellectual property litigation. Bob is also the inventor of the Silicon Valley Napkin and creator of the SamAnna Luxury Wallet.