The 1996 James Tiptree, Jr. Award was given to Ursula K. Le Guin and Mary Doria Russell at ICFA International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts 20, March 30, 1997, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Art Prizes

Art Prize
Ursula K. Le Guin and Mary Doria Russell Vests by Kate Schaefer

Song

Tom Lehrer’s “The Vatican Rag” For Ursula K. Le Guin and Mary Doria Russell,
First you get down on your knees,
Fiddle with your rosaries,
Bow your head with great respect,
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!

Do whatever steps you want, if
You have cleared them with the pontiff.
Everybody say his own
Kyrie eleison,
Doin’ the vatican rag.

Get in line in that processional,
Step into that small confessional,
There, the guy who’s got religion’ll
Tell you if your sin’s original.
If it is, try playin’ it safer,
Drink the wine and chew the wafer,
Two, four, six, eight,
Time to transubstantiate!

So get down upon your knees,
Fiddle with your rosaries,
Bow your head with great respect,
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!

Make a cross on your abdomen,
When in rome do like a roman,
Ave maria,
Gee it’s good to see ya,
Gettin’ ecstatic an’
Sorta dramatic an’
Doin’ the vatican rag!

Ceremony Images