Gillian Anderson to Write a Sci-Fi Book Series

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Gillian Anderson is returning to the world of science fiction, only this time, she's the one writing the tales! Anderson is officially adding author to her resume with the new sci-fi series "EarthEnd Saga," which will be co-written with friend Jeff Rovin. The pair are collaborating with new Simon & Schuster imprint, Simon451, and will be published this coming October.

The first book, "A Vision of Fire," will focus on Caitlin O'Hara, a child psychologist that specializes in working with children that have suffered trauma due to natural disasters and war. When she begins working with a deeply troubled young girl, her deeply scientific world views are shaken when confronted by mysterious forces. "Over the course of spending time and helping her and investigating the origins of the girl's trauma, Caitlin begins to realise that the girl's behaviour is tied to much greater forces in the universe, and as the story unfolds, she must prevent destruction on a grand scale," Anderson revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

When asked about the parallels between Caitlin O'Hara and Anderson's own Dana Scully, she stated “I also wanted a very strong female character, around my age. I would want to read something like that and I think other women would like to read."

Admitting that she has been interested in writing for quite awhile, but never being able to find the time, Anderson said that co-author of the series, Jeff Rovin, is the person that finally convinced her to pick up the pen and go for it. “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.[...] After nine years of living in a semi-science-fictional universe, I think I now have an ingrained knowledge and rhythm for it.”

Anderson is currently filming on NBC drama "Crisis," which premieres March 16, as well as appearances on "Hannibal" and filming the second season of hit UK serial-killer thriller "The Fall." She states that considering she spends a lot of time in airplanes, that is where she does the majority of her writing. While the series has yet to be released, press are already asking about a movie deal. Anderson stated that they don't want to get ahead of themselves, but they are hoping to create a series of novels that will "translate well into other media." With the promising sounding plot coupled with the talent behind the stories, we can't wait to read the "EarthEnd Saga!"

-Nowal Massari