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We Have Arrived

We now live in a world where Christian speculative fiction has been on “The Tonight Show.” Govern yourselves appropriately.
| Mar 12, 2014 | 9 comments |

So this morning, I woke up intending to do something…profound.

Can I confess something? Sometimes I feel like the court jester here at Speculative Faith. I see the deep and thoughtful articles posted by my colleagues and I look at what I’ve offered in the past and I feel somewhat inadequate. Especially lately.

So this morning, as I got up, I intended to sit myself down at my computer, sip my non-caffeinated beverage (thanks to it being Lent and all), and expound on the power of story, specifically looking at some of Jesus’ parables.

But before I did that, I checked my Facebook account, where I saw this:


And my brain completely locked up. Is that…no, that can’t be… Is Jimmy Fallon really holding a copy of Amish Vampires in Space? For reals?

For reals. Check out the video for yourself (AViS gets brought out at the 2:34 mark):

Now, admittedly, my first reaction was a bit of trepidation. What was he going to say about it? How eviscerating would his mockery be? As it turns out, it wasn’t all that bad. Here’s Jimmy’s take, in its entirety (for those who don’t want to watch the clip):

Ah, this book is… (shakes his head) “Amish Vampires in Space.” Do we need yet another Amish vampires space book? Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt.

That’s it? That’s actually pretty tame, all things considered.

Now I could go off on how silly it is that yet another person has judged an excellent book by its cover (and title), but I won’t. Because let’s think about what just happened.

A Christian speculative fiction book was held up on a late night talk show that’s seen by millions of people. Millions of people were told, “Yes, this is a real book that you can find at Amazon or your local library.”

I’m not saying that all of those millions will go out and buy the book (it would be cool if they did), but how many of them will go to Amazon to see if Jimmy Fallon was telling them the truth about this book? How many of them will see that it has nothing but positive reviews? How many of them might be tempted to grab a copy for themselves?

How cool is that?

I don’t have anything profound to say, really. I just think we need to stop and take a moment to savor what has happened.

We have arrived.

Oh, and Kerry? I know you have t-shirts. You should totally send one to Jimmy.

John W. Otte leads a double life. By day, he’s a Lutheran minister, husband, and father of two. He graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a theatre major, and then from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. By night, he writes unusual stories of geeky grace. He lives in Blue Springs, Missouri, with his wife and two boys. Keep up with him at JohnWOtte.com.

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Austin Gunderson

Guess this just goes to show how useful being “deep and thoughtful” can be.  ;-p

David James
David James

Yes, he does need to send a t-shirt to Jimmy, and Jimmy needs to read the book. and when we go on Twitter we should Tweet this – or something similar with the three hashtags:

#FallonTonight I liked you talking about #AmishVampiresInSpace as I enjoy the author #KerryNietz and enjoyed reading the book!

We should let Fallon know that there are a lot of us out here that have actually read the book and enjoyed it and he should do the same and he may just enjoy it his own self! 😀


What’s awesome is that the joke Fallon made about the book is really a compliment on the originality of the idea.

Congrats to Kerry and everyone else who had a hand in this book (Gerke, and I’m sure more people I don’t know about)!

Michelle R. Wood

I believe I requested whimsy on Monday. As the Good Book says, “Ask and you shall receive.” Now, let’s get Jimmy Fallon a T-shirt and get Kerry Nietz as a guest.

E. Stephen Burnett

We aim to please, Michelle. 🙂

Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor

Hopefuly sales will skyrocket.  Although Jimmy could have been funnier I think people will look up the book none the less. Maybe they’ll evenfind specfaith dot com.   

Julie D

That’s great exposure. And hilarious!


I wish the author’s name had been more visible, but ah well. The title and image were visible enough. 

Carole McDonnell

Great exposure!