Science Fiction Novels recently acquired

About a year ago, I started reading novels again. More specifically, science fiction novels.

Initially, I searched reddit, io9 and a few other sites to come up with a comprehensive list of the “must read” in the sci-fi genre.
Somewhere along the way, I also acquired a few newer books as well that I enjoyed.

Sci-Fi Novels acquired in 2014

    ✕ Asimov, Isaac. Foundation. Bantam ed. New York: Bantam Books, 1991.
    ✕ Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. New York: T. Doherty Associates, 1991.
    ✕ Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. Revised Mass Market ed. New York: Tor, 1994.
    ✓ Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game. Revised Mass Market ed. New York: Tor, 1994.
    ✕ Card, Orson Scott. Children of the Mind. New York: Tor, 1996.
    ✓ Dick, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. 1968. Reprint, New York: Del Rey, 1996.
    ✓ Dick, Philip K. Ubik. 1963. Reprint, Boston: First Mariner Books, 2012.
    ✓ Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books, 1984.
    ➤ Glukhovsky, Dmitry. Metro 2033. London: Gollancz, 2010.
    ✕ Haldeman, Joe. The Forever War. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.
    ➤ Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. 1959. Reprint, New York: Ace Books, 1987.
    ✕ Herbert, Frank. Dune. Premium Edition ed. New York: Ace Books, 2010.
    ✕ Lem, Stanisław. Solaris. 1961. Reprint, New York: Harcourt Brace & Co, 1987.
    ✓ Scalzi, John. Redshirts. New York: Tor, 2012.
    ➤ Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. Bantam ed. New York: Bantam Books, 1990.
    ➤ Stewart, George Rippey. Earth abides. 1949. Reprint, New York: Del Rey, 2006.

Legend

    ✓ Read
    ✕ Not Read
    ➤ Reading

Do you have any favorite Science Fiction novels that aren’t in the list above? Share them in the comments below!
Any other Philip K. Dick novels you’d strongly recommend? Let me know!

Note: I will be updating this post as I finish the books I am currently reading.

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Transformer TF101: Fix for Recovery Loop (CWM 5.8.3.4)

I bought an ASUS Transformer TF101 well over a year ago now. Fiddling around, as I always do, I managed to get it stuck in a Recovery loop on ClockworkMod (CWM) 5.8.3.4.

Now, most websites/forum threads I have found will tell you to simply re-flash to the stock recovery and go back to stock. It seemed like a whole lot of trouble, so I didn’t bother with that.

Recently, after completely forgetting I even had this tablet (shows how much I use it), I decided to try to figure out how to fix it. I stumbled across this post very quickly:
Fixing an Asus Transformer TF101 stuck in recovery boot loop

To my surprise, his simple steps solved my problem. So, if you are having the same problems, boot in recovery (should be easy enough), then from your terminal/command prompt, issue the following five commands:

adb start-server 									# Starts adb server
adb devices											# Ensure your device is connected
adb shell											# Starts the adb shell
echo boot | dd of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p3 bs=1 seek=0	# Magic
reboot												# Restarts the device

 

Note: This solution requires that you have the adb executable on your computer. adb is part of the Android SDK.

Credit to Just Another Dave for this simple solution.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Teaser (YouTube)

Intended as a direct sequel of the pen and paper game Cyberpunk 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 looks absolutely amazing. Of course, the video above is a CGI teaser and not representative of actual gameplay, but it seems to have a lot of potential. Developed by the Polish company CD Projekt Red, the game developer has not yet announced a release date.

To understand a bit more what inspired this vision of Cyberpunk 2077, I suggest you watch this video.

Note: The teaser song is titled “Bullets” by Archive.

For more on Cyberpunk 2077: http://cyberpunk.net/
For more on CD Projekt RED: http://cdpred.com/

Stretchable Electronic Skin from Nokia Research (YouTube)

This may seem like old news now, but I found this video about a year back and found Nokia’s research pretty fascinating.
It was published online around 2010, but I’ve yet to see any real applications of this technology going mainstream.
Have a look at this short video showcasing stretchable (potentially wearable) electronic surface.

For more on the Nokia Research Center: http://research.nokia.com/