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National Book Award goes to SF entry

Nancy Farmer is honored for THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION

By Chris Wyatt     November 22, 2002

This year's esteemed National Book Award in the category of Young People's Fiction went to SF author Nancy Farmer for her futuristic novel THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION. The National Book Award is one of the most distinguished honors in literature. The award, which was first given in 1950, is presented by the National Book Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion of cultural and literary education. Previous winners have included luminaries like William Faulkner, John Updike and Gore Vidal.

SCORPION describes the owner of a futuristic Central American narcotics plantation who has lived for over 140 years thanks to organ transplants from cloned versions of himself. He runs his farms with slave labor from subjugated serfs whose brains have been implanted with loyalty circuitry.

SCORPION is Farmer's sixth novel. Farmer previously won the L Ron Hubbard Writer's of the Future competition.

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