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Barking Rain Press, publishers of The Chronocar is shutting down. The book is slowly disappearing from retail outlets. While this is sad news, it is not the end of The Chronocar. Please check back here and on Facebook for news in the coming months.  Also, sign up for my newsletter (on the left) to get advanced news!

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About Steve Bellinger

Steve Bellinger is the author of the award winning novel, The Chronocar for Barking Rain Press. He was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago by a single mom who worked nights for a printing company.  She would bring home books and magazines to encourage her kids to read.  This is how Steve discovered Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke and the other masters of classic science fiction. It didn’t take long for him to get the itch to write.  His stories usually involve ordinary people, and appeal to more than just sci-fi fans. Over the years he has written everything from newspaper articles, comic strips and radio drama to short stories and fan fiction

An alum of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Steve has worked in technology for over 40 years, from cable and satellite TV to computers. He worked as a free-lance webmaster for many years, having designed and built over 100 websites. He is also a Whovian (Dr. Who fan) and Trekkie (Star Trek fan).  He and his wife plan to renew their vows with a  Star Trek themed ceremony; he will wear a dress Admiral’s uniform and she will wear a Klingon wedding dress.

Steve lives in the Lincoln Park community with his wife Donna (author of You Lost Me @ Hello, Actionable principles that move you beyond Networking) and a cat to be named later.

About The Chronocar

510x765-ChronocarNow in Print & eBook: The Chronocar by debut Chicago author Steve Bellinger

July 27, 2015 — Vancouver, WA (USA) — Barking Rain Press, a non-profit fiction publisher, announced the paperback and eBook release of the science fiction time travel thriller The Chronocar by Chicago, Illinois, debut author Steve Bellinger.

Simmie Johnson was born the son of a slave. He was also a genius. After earning a PhD in physics from Tuskegee Institute, he wrote a paper outlining a theory for time travel, including plans for a time machine—called a Chronocar—which was published in a scientific journal in the early 1900s . Since the technology required to build the Chronocar did not yet exist, the paper and its brilliant writer faded into obscurity.

A century later, a young Illinois Tech student, Tony Carpenter, discovers the journal article and decides to build a Chronocar so he can travel back to 1919 to meet the black scientist he hopes to emulate. Unfortunately, time is not on his side. Dr. Johnson is living in Chicago’s Black Belt with his beautiful daughter—and Tony arrives just in time for the bloodiest race riot in the city’s history. Can Tony use the Chronocar to save his new friends, or will his attempt forever alter the future he hopes to return to?

Ask for The Chronocar at your favorite bookstore, or 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

Interested readers can preview the first four chapters of The Chronocar for free by visiting the Barking Rain Press website at

The Chronocar was selected the August 2015 Book of the Month by
Black Science Fiction Society

The Chronocar earned the 2018 Best Indie Book Award for Science Fiction 

The Chronocar can be found in a number of libraries, including:

  • The Chicago Public Library
  • The Evanston Public Library
  • The Lisle Public Library
  • The Oak Park Public Library
  • The College of Du Page Library
  • The Los Angeles Public Library
  • The Galvin Library and the University Archives of the Illinois Institute of Technology

What People are saying about The Chronocar

“Incredibly clever!” –Rick Kogan, After Hours with Rick Kogan, WGN Radio

The Chronocar…has something for just about everyone as it takes you for a ride through time.” —

“…the most innovative take on time travel that I have ever read…Be prepared for some interesting twists.”  —Ronald Jones, ‎Black Science Fiction Society

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

****…I found The Chronocar an excellent read that I would recommend especially to teens and young adults.” —Reader’s Favorite Review

“An inherently engaging and entertaining read from beginning to end, The Chronocar showcases author Steve Bellinger’s genuine flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling.” —Midwest Book Review

BISAC Genre Codes:
FIC028080 — FICTION / Science Fiction / Time Travel

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FIC049070 — FICTION / African American / Urban
FIC027090 — FICTION / Romance / Time Travel

BIC Genre Codes:
FL — Science Fiction
FR — Romance
LCCN: 2015941739

Trade Paperback (148 pp)
ISBN-13: 978-1-941295-18-2
ISBN-10: 1-941295-18-5
Retail Price: $12.95 USD
Distributors: Ingram, Bertram Books, Gardners Books

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eBook (ePub, Kindle, PDF)
ISBN-13: 978-1-941295-19-9
ISBN-10: 1-941295-19-3
Retail Price: $5.95 USD
Distributors: Content Reserve/Overdrive, Ingram

About Barking Rain Press
Barking Rain Press is an imprint of the BRP Publishing Group (BRP), which is a non-profit publisher located in the greater Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area—a thriving hub for independent publishers, writers, and literary venues. BRP currently operates three imprints, including Barking Rain Press, Virtual Tales, and Nitis Books. Find out more about the BRP Publishing Group at their website,


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