'X-Files' star Gillian Anderson writing sci-fi book series

"A Vision of Fire" is the first book penned by Anderson and co-writer Jeff Rovin in their "EarthEnd Saga." Agent Mulder would be proud.

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David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson back in the 1990s as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The X-Files

Actress Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as FBI Agent Dana Scully -- Agent Fox Mulder's skeptical partner -- in the hit sci-fi series "The X-Files," is now writing a sci-fi book series called "EarthEnd Saga" with co-writer Jeff Rovin, who is best known for "Tom Clancy's Op-Center" book series.

The first book in the saga, "A Vision of Fire," tells the story of a child psychiatrist, Caitlin O'Hara, who treats children who have suffered trauma due to war and natural disasters. O'Hara's world changes forever when she begins to help one troubled young girl.

"Over the course of spending time and helping her and investigating the origins of the girl's trauma, 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," Anderson told Entertainment Weekly.

As the co-writer of the new book series, Anderson said she "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."

"A Vision of Fire" will be published in October by Simon & Schuster's new imprint Simon451, a nod to the sci-fi classic "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. (Editors' note: CBS is the parent company of both Simon & Schuster and CNET.)

According to Simon & Schuster's press release, Simon451 is "dedicated to publishing literary and commercial speculative fiction across categories such as science fiction, fantasy, dystopian, apocalyptic and the supernatural."

If you think you have what it takes to write the next best-selling sci-fi novel, you don't have to be Agent Mulder's former partner to publish it. Simon451 is currently accepting submissions from writers.

"At this time, we are looking exclusively for novel-length commercial fiction," the Simon451 submission guidelines state. "We are not accepting children's or young adult novels."