William Simon Bio

Capsule Bio of William L. Simon

Bill Simon has been a freelance film writer and bestselling book author for more than twenty-five years, with credits on over 800 published and produced works. A long-time member of the Writers Guild, he has written in the film genres of comedy (Tied Up), romance (Fair Woman Without Discretion), true crime (Tiger by the Tail) and family drama (Baja; Blood Ties).

As a documentary film writer, Bill's scripts have won many awards including eight CINE Golden Eagles, an Emmy nomination, and recognition from the Venice, Berlin and Belgrade film festivals. His credits on major television documentaries include Block by Block, narrated by James Earl Jones; and From Information to Wisdom, on the PBS "Smithsonian World" series. He is the writer and producer of the Emmy-nominated Setting Sail, a tallship PBS documentary with Walter Cronkite that features the San Diego museum ship Star of India.

His numerous magazine and newspaper articles have appeared in publications such as the Washington Post and USA Today, including a cover story. He has also written concepts and exhibit copy for the U.S. Pavilion at the Paris Air Show and for galleries at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and Museum of History and Technology.

As the author twelve books, his most recent work is The Art of Deception (Wiley), with famed computer hacker Kevin Mitnick; Publishers Weekly called the book “a tour de force” and said it is “like reading the climaxes of a dozen complex thrillers, one after the other.” Before that was The Afterlife Experiments (PB/Simon & Schuster), the eye-opening tale of studies by a world-renowned scientist on whether it’s possible to communicate with the dead. Other major works include the story of an Apple Computer CEO; building the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

In addition to the Writer’s Guild, Bill is a jury chairman for the CINE film festival, and a board member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Southwest region. He holds a commercial pilot's license for airplanes and helicopters, and is an avid tennis player and sailor. At Cornell University, he became a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honorary societies.

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