X-Files star Gillian Anderson writing science fiction series

Gillian Anderson won legions of sci-fi fans while starring on The X-Files with David Duchovny.

The X-Files star Gillian Anderson is embarking on a new adventure as a science-fiction writer. Anderson, who became a sci-fi icon playing agent Dana Scully on the long-running hit show, is co-writing a new book franchise called EarthEnd Saga. The first novel, entitled A Vision of Fire, is slated for release in October by the new Simon & Schuster imprint Simon451.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Anderson said she was encouraged to join the project by her co-writer, and friend of a friend, Jeff Rovin.

"I enjoy writing, but don't usually allow myself the time, and I don't think I'd ever think to write something in this genre without the prodding of someone like Jeff. But I realized I had ideas hidden within me for a series and a lead character, in this case, a heroine."

A Vision of Fire centers on a globe-trotting child psychiatrist named Caitlin O'Hara who treats kids traumatized by war and natural disaster. But her skills and safety are tested when she meets a troubled young girl whose behaviour is connected with greater, possibly destructive, forces in the universe.

Anderson, who counts Ann Patchett and George Saunders among her favourite authors, said her experience being a part of The X-Files has given her extensive insight into creating science-fiction worlds.

"After nine years of living in a semi-science-fictional universe, I think I now have an ingrained knowledge and rhythm for it."

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