X-Files fans, rejoice! After stints on ‘Hannibal’, ‘Crisis’, and ‘The Fall’, our favorite supernatural investigator is returning to us. Well, maybe no not on screen, but in books.
“After nine years of living in a semi-science-fictional universe, I think I now have an ingrained knowledge and rhythm for it,” Gillian Anderson told Entertainment Weekly about her new series. The first novel will be entitled, ‘A Vision of Fire’, and will be written in collaboration with Jeff Rovin, a prolific author who wrote for the best-selling Tom Clancy ‘Op-Center’ series.
This may come as a surprise to some fans, who have known that Anderson’s tastes remain largely outside the realm of science fiction and who was uncomfortable with her fame as a science fiction starlet. “I don’t think I realized or even admitted to myself how much I like science fiction films, which literally began with ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind‘,” she says.
The story will follow Caitlin O’Hara, a child psychiatrist who travels the world treating children who have endured trauma from wars and natural disasters. Everything in her life changes when she meets a uniquely troubled girl. “Over the course of spending time and helping her and investigating the origins of the girl’s trauma,” explains Anderson, “Caitlin begins to realize that the girl’s behavior is tied to much greater forces in the universe, and as the story unfolds, she must prevent destruction on a grand scale.”
Sounds interesting, right?
Anderson also notes that she wants a strong female character around Anderson’s own age as the protagonist. “I would want to read something like that and I think other women would like to read,” Anderson adds.
So far, the release date for the books are unknown. When asked when Anderson will find time to write in her busy schedule, she laughs: ““On planes. I’m on a lot of them these days.”