The stories in this book first appeared in two other books, which are no longer in print, called
Time Adjusters and Other Stories (2005, iUniverse) and Space Savers and Other Stories (2007,
iUniverse). While a few copies of the old books may still be available online, I cannot recommend
either of them, except maybe for comparing and contrasting the early efforts to the newer, better
It really goes back even further, to a chapbook I printed in helter-skelter fashion sometime
around the year 2000, inspired by brilliant flashes of do-it-yourself fruitfulness by a community of
bloggers on Literary Kicks. I discovered LitKicks soon after buying my first, second-hand
personal computer, while searching the internet for Jack Kerouac, but it was William S.
Burroughs, with his fractured juxtaposition of shamanism and time travel who really captured my
The assortment of message boards on LitKicks were like rooms in a free-form interactive
dormitory, with the windows open to fresh crosscurrents of culture and creativity. Visitors to
these rooms were invited to share prose and poetry, commenting on each other’s work and
sometimes collaborating. As time went on, trolling and spamming necessitated a change in the
Citing another reason for the format change, LitKicks creator Levi Asher said, “The boards were
moving too fast,” and, “it became obvious that some people were simply posting everything they
wrote, unfiltered, with no thought to revision or editing.”
Which seemed like a good idea at the time. I’ve since learned that even Kerouac revised the
long, typewritten scrolls of spontaneous prose that became On the Road and The Dharma Bums.
The stories in my homemade chapbook, Time fAdes inTo nexT (2002) were copied and pasted
directly from LitKicks, typos and all. My father-in-law’s printing business was not equipped for
bookbinding, but he could print the pages for me to fold and staple at home. The cover went
through a couple of alterations. The font varied, not only from one pressing to another, but
sometimes even from story to story in a single book when I went into “crazy quilt” mode on the
word processor. “Just get it out there,” was my motto, “Even if it’s wrong!”
At some point, I changed the name from Time fAdes into nexT to Time Adjusters, a play on
words that is key to the plot.
The much improved perfect-bound paperback edition of Time Adjusters (2005, iUniverse),
contains fewer typos and a more conventional format. It also contains what many people have
said is my best and weirdest tale, “The House and the Baboon.” On the other hand, upon
rereading the title story, “Time Adjusters,” I realized that the characters were not as developed
as I imagined them. For example, while I had established the motivation for the "phony priest" in
my own mind, I had not conveyed it clearly to the reader.
The next book, Space Savers (2007, iUniverse) had the distinction of including a fine story by a
guest author: “Monkey On A Stick” by Bradley Mason Hamlin (collaborations were big at the
time). You can still read “Monkey On A Stick” at Brad’s web site, Mystery Island.
As in the first book, the title story of Space Savers had its problems. Mainly, it needed an ending
that was a strong as the story leading up to it. I believe I have accomplished that goal in the new
edition. The second book also contained stories that should not have been included at all.
These were knock-offs used to give the book more heft, a problem solved by combining both
volumes under one cover and tossing out the extra baggage.
At first, I told myself it was too late do anything about those books, that I should forget about
them and move on to a new project. Fortuitously, in my routine daily perusal of blogs and E-
zines, I was constantly stumbling upon articles about authors who did revise their works from one
edition to the next. I think most writers recognize that their skills improve over time.
Edgar Allan Poe continually fine-tuned his poems and short stories over the years for
subsequent printings in magazines and anthologies.
Henry James revised a great many of his stories and novels for the New York Edition of his
Complete Works (1907 – 1909). James wrote a preface for each of the twenty-four volumes that
comprise this omnibus.
Brian W. Aldiss chose to rewrite approximately one-fourth of his 1958 science fiction novel,
Starship, before releasing it in 2000 under a new title, Non-Stop.
In listing these examples, I am not attempting to place my literary status alongside these more
venerated authors. It is more a case of following their example.
I finally understood that I simply could not concentrate on a new project until I published the
book you are holding in your hands, the New, Definitive Edition of Time Adjusters and Other
|Time Adjusters and Other Strories
Preface from the book
by Bill Ectric
Above: The first edition, which is
out of print, but some copies
may be available.
Above: The new edition is available in two covers. The text is
identical in these - only the covers are different.
Above: Space Savers and Other
Stories is out of print, but the best
stories from this book are included
in the new edition of Time
Adjusters and Other Stories.
Contents of the new edition of Time Adjusters and Other Stories
The House and the Baboon…..15
My Summer Twin ……....……...79
Miss Glenly’s Dreadful Room….81
Bucket Head …………………....97
Cut Up the Stolen Scroll….......109
Club Web ..…………………….125
Club Web Explained…………..127
Horizon of the Valley...……..…133
The Little Robot……………….135
Time Adjusters Introduction.....171