Genius is a series of novels for young adults by Leopoldo Gout that follows a three teenage technological prodigies from all around the world who use their ingenuity and networked technologies to confront daunting real-world problems. These friends—Rex, Tunde, and Painted Wolf—are given the opportunity to meet and collaborate by The Game, a global competition hosted by Kiran Biswas, an Indian billionaire and a wunderkind in his own right.
The story begins with 2016’s Genius: The Game, becomes more dangerous and entangled with 2017’s Genius: The Con, and moves toward a climactic resolution in Genius: The Revolution, slated for publication in 2018. Genius imagines a future shaped by human ingenuity and rapid technological change, driven by the imaginative verve and technological savvy of young people determined to change the world for the better—even in the face of long odds and powerful adversaries.
Project Genius will expand the narrative of the books into reality, seeking brilliant unprivileged young people from around the world and empowering them to solve pressing social problems or pursue exciting new ideas with the help of scientists, artists, and educators. CSI and Project Genius spring from the same seed: the idea that we need to inspire more creative and ambitious thinking about the future, especially among young people. CSI is excited to host Project Genius and work with Imaginary College Fellow Leopoldo Gout as this idea continues to blossom.
Leopoldo Gout is a filmmaker, writer and visual artist who hails from Mexico City. The author of Ghost Radio and the Genius series, Gout is also a successful film and television producer. Gout is currently partnered with James Patterson on projects including Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, and Zoo, a CBS television drama. Gout lives in New York City with his wife and two children.