History In Fiction and Non-Fiction
Science fiction geek Steve Bellinger teams up with History nerd Joe Rulli to discuss history in the post-truth age and how it relates to their books.
To be presented at various locations in the Chicago area. See Steve’s Events to the left for dates and locations. New dates will be added soon, please check back!
What people are saying about The Chronocar
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"I rarely pour out my praise on a book, but Steve Bellinger did a fabulous job in writing The Chronocar. From the beginning, the story grabbed my attention..."
--MaryEllen Herra, Portraits of M.E. ***** "Excellent time-travel novel with a brilliant twist." --GoodReads Reviewer ***** A well told tale, full of believable science and well crafted characters...unique and a must read for all time-travel fans. --Amazon Reviewer "The Chronocar is an excellent time-slip story that excels in unpredictable twists and strong characterization; both of which keep readers on edge and completely engrossed." --Recommended Reading, Donovan's Literary Services ***** "As a fan of H.G. Wells, this book took me by surprise... The ending was extremely good, with an unexpected twist." --Amazon Reviewer **** "In a twist, the ending solves the time travel paradox...believable and satisfying..." --Sue Burke, Goodreads ***** "I just couldn't put this book down." --Canadian Book Addict **** "...a highly satisfying read with a very nice twist in the finale. Certainly something I would recommend to any sci-fi enthusiasts." --By Rite of Words "Mr. Bellinger sets up his premise well, and the characterization is solid. The consequences of not thinking actions through become heartbreaking. This time-bending, cautionary tale is by turns exciting, funny, and dark as it propels through time and tragedy." --Historical Novel Society ***** "THE CHRONOCAR defies many expectations - the plot moves along at a brisk pace, tropes are used in creative ways, and the ending contains a twist worthy of THE TWILIGHT ZONE." --Gordon Dymowski, Goodreads "...utterly phenomenal, Science Fiction at its purest!" --Boman Desai, author *****"...I found The Chronocar an excellent read that I would recommend especially to teens and young adults." --Reader's Favorite Review
**** "Chonocar was intriguing, funny, and thrilling. And it made made me see the dark side of a boyhood dream." --Amazon Reviewer **** "The Chronocar was exciting from the get go and takes a few unexpected turns that had me eager to get to the next page." --Amazon Reviewer ***** "Sometimes a romp, other times serious, scientific, historical, surprising, all in turn. Sci fi at its best. Steve Bellinger's Chronocar: Read it. You'll enjoy the ride." --Amazon Reviewer ****½ "...I don’t know if the author is planning to write a sequel, I’d be thrilled to find out what happens next if he ever decides to..." --Long and Short Reviews ***** "The Chronocar is perhaps the most compelling yarn of time travel that it has been my pleasure to experience" –Amazon reviewer ***** "A thrilling page turner...things go from messy to just plain chaotic ...Meanwhile, the reader enjoys watching it all go to hell." --GoodReads reviewer ***** "...a compelling tale of science fiction which draws us into a harrowing world of racial oppression while creatively probing into the aspirations of the human spirit." –Amazon reviewer ***** "I am a huge fan of classic science fiction, and The Chronocar met all my criteria for an engaging, smart read... My heart is still twisted in knots by the ending!" --Amazon reviewer ***** "Thought-provoking, clever and engaging. A terrific book for students and adults." --Amazon reviewer "I absolutely loved this book and believe me I have read a lot of Science Fiction over the years...a real page turner." "…the most innovative take on time travel that I have ever read… Be prepared for some interesting twists.”
—Ronald Jones, Black Science FictionSociety ***** ” If only I could travel back in time before I read the book so I could read it again!”
–Amazon reviewer ***** “This exciting time-travel tale kicks ass! …it reads like a thriller, complete with a wicked twist that slaps the reader upside the head.”
–Amazon reviewer ***** "…the story is, in turns, intellectual, funny and touching while playing with paradoxes of time travel. The Chronocar is one wild ride.”
–Amazon reviewer ***** “I’m a history fan, not a sci fi buff, but a friend recommended this so I read it. I loved it!”
–Amazon reviewer ***** “… The Chronocar reminds me of how I felt when I discovered Robert Heinlein’s books in 7th grade.”
Black Science Fiction Society’s
August 2015 Book of the Month
Imagine being born the son of a slave with the mind of a genius. That was Simmie Johnson in the years following the Civil War. After a perilous escape from lynch mobs in Mississippi, he manages to earn a PhD in physics at Tuskegee, and in his research, discovers the secret of time travel. He develops a design for a time machine, called a Chronocar, but the technology required to make it work does not yet exist.
Fast forward a hundred and twenty-five years. A young African American student in Chicago finds Dr. Johnson’s plans and builds a Chronocar. He goes back to the year 1919 to meet the doctor and his beautiful daughter, Ollie, who live in Illinois Tech . But, he has chosen an unfortunate time in the past and becomes involved in the bloodiest race riot in Chicago’s history. Chicago’s Black Belt, now known as Bronzeville
An African American Sci-fi Time Travel story for teens and young adults. Older readers have enjoyed it also!
The Chronocar is now part of the collection and archive
of the Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology
Where to get your copy of The Chronocar
Available online everywhere, but you can avoid the wait and save the shipping cost! Get your copy at one these bookstores:
Barnes and Noble
1 East Jackson St.
Chicago, IL 60604
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60647
The Book Market at Hangar One
2651 Navy Blvd.
Glenview, IL 60026
57 th Street Books
1301 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
3251 N Broadway St,
Chicago, IL 60657
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
The Book Stall
811 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 60093,
Barbara’s Book Store
810 Village Center Drive in the Burr Ridge Center Village
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
1854 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Buy it online at the , Barking Rain Press website , Amazon.com , Barnes & Noble , Books-a-Million , Powells , Waterstones and many other Internet bookstores. It is also available as an eBook through , Amazon Kindle , Barnes & Noble Nook , iTunes iBooks , Kobo , the Content Reserve/Overdrive Barking Rain Press website and many other outlets worldwide.
Interested readers can preview the first four chapters of “ The Chronocar” for free by visiting the Barking Rain Press website at barkingrainpress.org.
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