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Gillian Anderson inks sci-fi book deal

Gillian Anderson inks sci-fi book deal © AP / Gillian Anderson Gillian Anderson inks sci-fi book deal


Former "The X-Files" star Gillian Anderson has signed a deal to pen a new science-fiction book series.

The actress is returning to the genre that made her famous thanks to publishers at Simon & Schuster, who have a new imprint dedicated to speculative fiction called Simon451.

Along with co-writer Jeff Rovin, Anderson will write and develop a new franchise, titled the "EarthEnd Saga." The first book, "A Vision of Fire," follows the fortunes of a child psychiatrist who specializes in treating kids who have suffered trauma from natural disasters and war, and meets a girl with unique troubles in the process.

Anderson is looking forward to the new venture, claiming her time on "The X-Files" has given her the perfect background material.

She tells Entertainment Weekly, "It's been a fantastic experience. 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.

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

"A Vision of Fire" will be released in October.

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