The Chronocar


What people are saying about The Chronocar
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"It is a well-edited story that holds interest and has quite a shocking ending." --YA Book Reviews

"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

***** “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 


coverurbanImagine 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 time travel story for teens and young adults. Older readers have enjoyed it also!

Click here to learn more about the Red Summer Riot of 1919

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

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Reading from The Chronocar by Donna Smith Bellinger 7:24

Reading from The Chronocar by Steve Bellinger
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