The Chronocar:  An Urban Adventure In Time

The award winning novel by Steve Bellinger


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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.

But, he has chosen an unfortunate time in the past and becomes involved in the bloodiest race riot in Chicago’s history.

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.

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The Chronocar is now part of the collection and archive

of the Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology

Available now on Amazon