New The X-Files novels to follow teenage Mulder and Scully in the late 1970s

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Feb 22, 2016, 4:45 PM EST

With whispers of a second revival season already rumbling, a new series of young adult novels are heading the opposite direction with The X-Files — back in time. That’s right: Get ready to meet teenage Mulder and Scully.

Imprint/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is set to publish two novels as part of The X-Files Origins, with each book focusing on one of our titular heroes during their formative years. No, before you ask, it won’t try to retcon their origins and turn Mulder and Scully into teenage pals. Instead, each story will focus on one character and the “life-changing events” that “set them on the path” to become future paranormal investigators. Both stories will be set in the spring of 1979.

“When I watched the pilot episode back in 1993, I became immediately obsessed with The X-Files,” says Erin Stein, Publisher of Imprint, said via Entertainment Weekly. “As a die-hard fan of the show, the opportunity to work with incredible authors on original stories about these characters is a dream come true for me. Why did Mulder become a believer? Why did Scully become a skeptic? We get to tell those stories.”

The Mulder-focused story is dubbed Agent of Chaos and will be written by New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia. Scully’s tale is Devil’s Advocate, and it’ll be penned by Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry. If nothing else, they’ve definitely attracted some solid talent to put these stories together.

Both books are set to hit shelves in January 2017.

Do you think this is a story worth telling, or should they leave well enough alone with this corner of the X-Files universe?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)