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The Chronocar
     

The Chronocar

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by Steve Bellinger
 

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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,

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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?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940151023436
Publisher:
Barking Rain Press
Publication date:
07/08/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
148
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Steve Bellinger 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. Over the years he has written everything from newspaper articles, comic strips and radio drama, to short stories and fan fiction.

One of the original Trekkies, Steve and his wife plan to renew their wedding vows in a couple of years with a full Star Trek-themed ceremony; he’ll wear an admiral’s dress uniform, and she will be decked out in a leather-and-lace Klingon wedding dress. Steve lives in the Lincoln Park community in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife, Donna, and their cat. Find out more about Steve at his website, www.SteveBellinger.com, or on Facebook.

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The Chronocar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite In The Chronocar, science fiction meets history in a dynamic tale of time travel. When Tony finds a science journal about time travel, he combines this new found knowledge with his own near genius talents to design a Chronocar. His first trip is to meet the gentleman who wrote the paper, a Dr. Semmie Johnson who was once a slave but escaped a harrowing ordeal in search of an education. Through trial and error, Tony learns the true dangers of time travel on both history and the future. I enjoyed both the plot and the history and science that were introduced into the story to provide the validity to the time travel theories. Combined with interesting characters and believable scenes, I found The Chronocar an excellent read that I would recommend especially to teens and young adults. Steve Bellinger’s story also fills a much-needed niche by featuring black main characters. While Bellinger used racial tensions to add drama to the story, he balanced the dangers of being a minority through history with the fact that not all whites were bigots any more than all blacks were ignorant. He is a master storyteller who takes the time to set the scene with both historical facts and memorable characters. I especially enjoyed how he chose times in history that were unexpected, such as starting Semmie Johnson’s story after the Civil War and choosing a quiet time in history for Tony to make his trip back to Chicago, just prior to the Chicago race riots of 1919. By choosing relatively quiet times in history, the reader gets a better feel for what the everyday man experienced.