Click here to listen to the Podcast of Steve’s interview
on After Hours with Rick Kogan on WGN Radio

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
(Hover to pause, click text to read full review)

***** I've read other novels about time travel... but Steve Bellinger's thesis about its consequences is unique and disturbingly credible... The ending is perfect. Just Perfect. --Sarz Maxwell, Author

"Incredibly clever!" --Rick Kogan, After Hours with Rick Kogan, WGN Radio

"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

****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

***** "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.” –Amazon reviewer


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 for review

Fast forward a hundred and twenty-five years. A young African American Illinois Tech 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 Chicago’s Black Belt, now known as Bronzeville. But, he has chosen an unfortunate time in the past and becomes involved in the bloodiest race riot in Chicago’s history.

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
(312) 362-8792
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-2523
The Book Market at Hangar One
2651 Navy Blvd.
Glenview, IL 60026
(847) 904-7304 
57th Street Books
1301 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1300
Unabridged Books
3251 N Broadway St,
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 883-9119
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 293-2665
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
(630) 920-1500
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622


Buy it online at the Barking Rain Press website,, 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, Content Reserve/Overdrive, the 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

See more videos here



  1. Rita Stornes

    Wow!! Can’t wait to read your book, keep me posted!!

  2. Darrell DOCTOR WHO! Blobaum

    Congratulations Steve! Good to see your multi-faceted career progressing.


  3. The story and trailer intrigues me. I will look forward to reading this. I love time travel. Sounds exciting!

  4. Malinda Rucker

    I absolutely loved this book and believe me I have read a lot of Science Fiction over the years. I read it in one sitting – a real page turner.

    All those years ago, when we were studying physics and all that other technical stuff, I never imagined it would be put to THIS use. I guess you did.

    I cannot wait to read your next one.

    IIT Class of 1970

  5. Mari Abba

    Great story! I enjoyed reading about real historical events interspersed with the science fiction.

  6. Cathy Crawford

    I was immediately hooked. The Chicago locations of 1919 were fascinating, as was the science of time travel as laid out by Dr. Simmie Johnson PhD. I recommend this book to anyone interested in science fiction, Chicago history, and old-fashioned page-turning thrillers. Thanks, Steve!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *