» Archive for 2019

📚 The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough (2019) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “The Demon Next Door” by Bryan Burrough, first published in 2019.

Goodreads Best-selling author Bryan Burrough (Barbarians at the Gate, Public Enemies, Big Rich) recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer who had raped and mutilated six women, murdering three of them.

Read more →

📚 Clone World (Undying Mercenaries Book 12) by B.V. Larson (2019) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Clone World (Undying Mercenaries Book 12)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2019.

Goodreads James McGill is called upon for a sabotage mission, one that only a man of his unique talents can handle. Unfortunately, he performs too well, and our enemies from Rigel are enraged. They come for us, and war is declared. Both sides call for aid, and it comes from the Core Worlds in the form of two great fleets.

Read more →

📚 The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 2) by Liu Cixin (2008) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 2)” by Liu Cixin, first published in 2008.

Goodreads This is the second novel in the “Three Body” near-future trilogy, written by China’s multiple-award-winning science fiction author, Cixin Liu. In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion—four centuries in the future. The aliens' human collaborators have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth’s defense plans are exposed to the enemy.

Read more →

🖥️ 🐧 Installing Arch Linux in my new Surface Go

Surface Go Surface Go (10'' - Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y - RAM: 8 GB - 128 GB SSD - Intel HD 615) Surface Go Black Type Cover Final setup Run only Linux Arch Linux Gnome Preparation Needed hardware Surface Go Surface Go Keyboard or USB keyboard/mouse USB pen drive USB Ethernet adapter USB-C to USB adapter + USB Hub or USB-C hub Burn ISO to USB pen drive Download the Arch Linux ISO.
Read more →

📚 Recursion by Blake Crouch (2019) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Recursion” by Blake Crouch, first published in 2019.

Goodreads A mind-bending new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and The Wayward Pines trilogy. Barry Sutton is driving home from another long shift as an NYPD detective when the call comes in. A woman is threatening to commit suicide, and someone’s got to try to talk her down. Only as he stands on the rooftop, mere inches away from her, does he realize that the woman is infected with False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious disease that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

Read more →

📚 Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark (2017) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” by Max Tegmark, first published in 2017.

Goodreads How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology–and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

Read more →

📚 All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3) by Dennis E. Taylor (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published in 2017.

Goodreads Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can’t stay out of trouble. They’ve created enough colonies so humanity shouldn’t go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition.

Read more →

📚 Dodge & Twist by Tony Lee (2011) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “Dodge & Twist” by Tony Lee, first published in 2011.

Goodreads It’s rumoured that Dickens wanted to return to his classic novel Oliver Twist, to bring him back into a later book as an older character, but he never managed this before he died. However, if Oliver had returned, what would he have been like? Would the scars of his childhood affect the man he would become?

Read more →

📚 For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2) by Dennis E. Taylor (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published in 2017.

Goodreads Bob Johansson didn’t believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe. Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for forty years now, looking for habitable planets.

Read more →

📚 Victorian Secrets by John Woolf and Nick Baker (2018) ★★☆☆☆

Read more →

📚 The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 1) by Liu Cixin (2008) ★★★★★

Finished reading “The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 1)” by Liu Cixin, first published in 2008.

Goodreads ThreeBody Problem is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple award-winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth.

Read more →

📚 Armor World (Undying Mercenaries Book 11) by B.V. Larson (2019) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Armor World (Undying Mercenaries Book 11)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2019.

Goodreads In a twist of fate that rocks the Galactic Empire, James McGill finds himself negotiating the future of a thousand inhabited worlds. An artificial object made of compressed stardust is barreling toward Earth. Is it an invasion ship? A doomsday weapon? Perhaps it’s the final response of Squanto, the Warlord of Rigel who McGill has repeatedly humiliated.

Read more →

📚 14 (Threshold Book 1) by Peter Clines (2012) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “14 (Threshold Book 1)” by Peter Clines, first published in 2012.

Goodreads Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches. There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.

Read more →

📚 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman, first published in 2017.

Goodreads Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

Read more →

📚 No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (2005) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy, first published in 2005.

Goodreads Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, instead finds men shot dead, a load of heroin, and more than $2 million in cash. Packing the money out, he knows, will change everything. But only after two more men are murdered does a victim’s burning car lead Sheriff Bell to the carnage out in the desert, and he soon realizes how desperately Moss and his young wife need protection.

Read more →

📚 The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells (1896) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Island of Doctor Moreau” by H.G. Wells, first published in 1896.

Goodreads Ranked among the classic novels of the English language and the inspiration for several unforgettable movies, this early work of H. G. Wells was greeted in 1896 by howls of protest from reviewers, who found it horrifying and blasphemous. They wanted to know more about the wondrous possibilities of science shown in his first book, The Time Machine, not its potential for misuse and terror.

Read more →

📚 Origin Story by David Christian (2018) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Origin Story: A Big History of Everything” by David Christian, first published in 2018.

Goodreads How did we get from the Big Bang to today’s staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet? And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction? Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale.

Read more →

🐧 Folder thumbnails in Thunar

My favorite file manager is Thunar, but it hasn’t folder thumbnails by default. Here’s how to enable it. Install tumbler and imagemagick yay -S tumbler imagemagick Create the following a folder.thumbnailer file and add the following sudo vi /usr/share/thumbnailers/folder.thumbnailer [Thumbnailer Entry] Version=1.0 Encoding=UTF-8 Type=X-Thumbnailer Name=Folder Thumbnailer MimeType=inode/directory; Exec=/usr/bin/folder-thumbnailer %s %i %o %u Create the folder-thumbnailer script sudo vi /usr/bin/folder-thumbnailer #!/bin/bash convert -thumbnail "$1" "$2/folder.jpg" "$3" 1>/dev/null 2>&1 ||\ convert -thumbnail "$1" "$2/.
Read more →

📚 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, first published in 1953.

Goodreads Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of 20th-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future, narrated here by Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Read more →

📚 Power Moves by Adam M. Grant (2019) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Power Moves” by Adam M. Grant, first published January 3rd 2019.

Goodreads Navigating the new landscape of power with Mary Barra (GM), Stewart Butterfield (Slack), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Eric Schmidt (Google/Alphabet), David Solomon (Goldman Sachs), Ellen Stofan (NASA), and two dozen other leaders, thinkers, and luminaries. Power is changing. Private corner offices and management by decree are out, as is unquestioned trust in the government and media.

Read more →

📚 Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (1873) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Around the World in 80 Days (Extraordinary Voyages Series)” by Jules Verne, first published in 1873.

Goodreads “To go around the world…in such a short time and with the means of transport currently available, was not only impossible, it was madness” One ill-fated evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions £20,000 that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days - and he is determined not to lose.

Read more →

📚 The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub (1984) ★★★★★

Finished reading “The Talisman (The Talisman Book 1)”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King and Peter Straub, first published in 1984.

Goodreads On a brisk autumn day, a twelve-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense.

Read more →

📚 Twain’s Feast by Nick Offerman (2018) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “Twain’s Feast: Searching for America’s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens” by Nick Offerman, first published in 2018.

Goodreads Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods. As we explore these foods’ role in Samuel Clemens’ life, we also discover a surprising culinary and ecological history of America.

Read more →

📚 Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore (2014) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Alien: Sea of Sorrows (Alien Series)” by James A. Moore, first published in 2014.

Goodreads The Alien film franchise has been embraced by sci-fi fans around the world. The series stars Lieutenant Ellen Ripley and her battles with the deadly Xenomorph commonly referred to as the Alien. Continuing the groundbreaking story from ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Tim Lebbon, this novel will reveal Ripley’s legacy, as her descendants continue to be harried by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in their unceasing effort to weaponize the aliens.

Read more →

📚 The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku (2018) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond” by Michio Kaku, first published 2018.

Goodreads Human civilization is on the verge of spreading beyond Earth. More than a possibility, it is becoming a necessity: whether our hand is forced by climate change and resource depletion or whether future catastrophes compel us to abandon Earth, one day we will make our homes among the stars.

Read more →

📚 Out of My Mind by Alan Arkin (2018) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “Out of My Mind” by Alan Arkin, first published in December 6th 2018.

Goodreads Alan Arkin, one of the most beloved and accomplished actors of our time, reveals a side of himself not often shown on stage or screen. Like many teenagers, 16-year-old Alan Arkin had it all figured out. Then came young adulthood, and with it a wave of doubt so strong it caused him to question everything he thought he knew about himself and the world.

Read more →

📚 The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1898) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells, first published in May 1898.

Goodreads First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, “No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s.

Read more →

🐧 pass - the standard unix password manager

I’ve been using pass as my password manager for the last months. In Linux, Android and Windows. Here’s how I set it up and the apps that can be used. Installation Arch Linux I installed pass, pass-otp for one time password support, dmenu for an easy way to copy your passwords to the clipboard and if you prefer qtpass foi a gui application. sudo pacman -S pass pass-otp dmenu qtpass You can use the command passmenu to open a list of your passwords using dmenu.
Read more →

📚 Lullaby by Jonathan Maberry (2018) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “Lullaby” by Jonathan Maberry, first published in October 4th 2018.

Goodreads The fears and horrors of being a new parent take on a shocking dimension in in this heart-stopping original story, only from Audible. A young married couple, Matt and Gillian have just bought a gorgeous house located next to a lake in the Catskills. They want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to raise their baby girl, Hope, in relative peace and quiet.

Read more →

📚 The Martian (The Martian Book 1) by Andy Weir (2012) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Martian (The Martian Book 1)” by Andy Weir, first published in September 27th 2012.

Goodreads Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Read more →

📚 Earth Below, Sky Above (The Human Division Book 13) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Earth Below, Sky Above (The Human Division Book 13)” by John Scalzi, first published April 9th 2013.

Goodreads At last, the Earth and the Colonial Union have begun formal discussions about their relationship in the future chance for the divisions in humanity to be repaired. The diplomats and crew of the Clarke are on hand to help with the process, including Ambassador Ode Abumwe and CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson, both of whom were born on Earth.

Read more →

📚 Foundation (Foundation Book 1) by Isaac Asimov (1951) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Foundation (Foundation Book 1)” by Isaac Asimov, first published in 1951.

Goodreads For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future – to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire – both scientists and scholars – and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations.

Read more →

📚 The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads (The Human Division Book 12) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads (The Human Division Book 12)” by John Scalzi, first published April 2nd 2013.

Goodreads United States Diplomat Danielle Lowen was there when one of her fellow diplomats committed an unthinkable act that had consequences for the entire planet. Now she’s trying to figure out how it happened before it can happen again. Putting the puzzle pieces together could solve the mystery - or it could threaten her own life.

Read more →

📚 The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (1897) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells, first published in 1897.

Goodreads On a freezing February day, a stranger emerges from out of the gray to request a room at a local provincial inn. Who is this out-of-season traveler? More confounding is the thick mask of bandages obscuring his face. Why does he disguise himself in this manner and keep himself hidden away in his room?

Read more →

📚 A Problem of Proportion (The Human Division Book 11) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “A Problem of Proportion (The Human Division Book 11)” by John Scalzi, first published March 26th 2013.

Goodreads A secret backdoor meeting between Ambassador Ode Abumwe and the Conclaves Hafte Sorvalh turns out to be less than secret as both of their ships are attacked. Its a surprise to both teams but its the identity of the attacker that is the real surprise, and suggests a threat to both humanity and The Conclave.

Read more →

📚 Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs Book 2) by Richard K. Morgan (2003) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs Book 2)” by Richard K. Morgan, first published March 20th 2003.

Goodreads Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet’s government put down a bloody revolution. But when it comes to taking sides, the only one Kovacs is ever really on is his own.

Read more →

📚 Hi Bob! by Bob Newhart (2018) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “Hi Bob!” by Bob Newhart, first published July 18th 2018.

Goodreads In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.

Read more →

📚 This Must Be the Place (The Human Division Book 10) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “This Must Be the Place (The Human Division Book 10)” by John Scalzi, first published March 19th 2013.

Goodreads Colonial Union diplomat Hart Schmidt is back home for Harvest Day celebrations - to a family whose members wonder whether its youngest son isn’t wasting his life clinging to the lowest rung of the CU’s diplomatic ladder. When his father, a legendarily powerful politician, presents him with a compelling offer, Schmidt has to take stock of his life and career.

Read more →

📚 We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse Book 1) by Dennis E. Taylor (2016) ★★★★★

Finished reading “Finished reading “We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse Book 1)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published September 20th 2016.

Goodreads Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state.

Read more →

📚 Girls & Boys by Dennis Kelly (2018) ★★☆☆☆

Finished reading “Girls & Boys” by Dennis Kelly, first published in 2018.

Goodreads They met at an airport and fell for each other. But in time, they would meet their fate as it all falls apart. A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

Read more →

📚 The Observers (The Human Division Book 9) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Observers (The Human Division Book 9)” by John Scalzi, first published March 12th 2013.

Goodreads In an effort to improve relations with the Earth, the Colonial Union has invited a contingent of diplomats from that planet to observe Ambassador Abumwe negotiate a trade deal with an alien species. Then something very bad happens to one of the Earthings, and with that, the relationship between humanitys two factions is on the cusp of disruption once more.

Read more →

📚 The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester (1955) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Stars My Destination” by Alfred Bester, first published in 1955.

Goodreads In this pulse-quickening novel, Alfred Bester imagines a future in which people “jaunte” a thousand miles with a single thought, where the rich barricade themselves in labyrinths and protect themselves with radioactive hit men - and where an inarticulate outcast is the most valuable and dangerous man alive. The Stars My Destination is a classic of technological prophecy and timeless narrative enchantment by an acknowledged master of science fiction.

Read more →

📚 Starship Pandora by B.V. Larson (2018) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Starship Pandora” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2018.

Goodreads The mysterious alien race known as the Ancients vanished before Earth’s last ice age - but not before building interconnected rings that form a highway system across the galaxy. Humanity has used these rings for years but has never figured out how to build its own, or even how to alter the connection pattern. Now, the Imperial starship Pandora is on a mission to discover and explore new interstellar connection points.

Read more →

📚 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari (2018) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari, first published August 30th 2018.

Goodreads From the author of the multimillion copy best seller Sapiens. Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism?

Read more →

📚 Storm World (Undying Mercenaries Book 10) by B.V. Larson (2018) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Storm World (Undying Mercenaries Book 10)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2018.

Goodreads James McGill is sent to the Core Worlds! In an unprecedented first, Earth sends a message to Mogwa Prime. Unfortunately, the messenger is not met with enthusiasm. Misunderstandings soon threaten all of Humanity. Forced to prove Earth can serve the Empire better than any rival, McGill does his best. Eager to prove our worth to the Galactics, the frontier war between Rigel and Earth is expanded to Storm World.

Read more →

📚 Just Six Numbers by Martin J. Rees (1999) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe (The Science Masters Series)” by Martin J. Rees, first published in 1999.

Goodreads How did a single genesis event create billions of galaxies, black holes, stars and planets? How did atoms assemble—here on earth, and perhaps on other worlds—into living beings intricate enough to ponder their origins? What fundamental laws govern our universe? This book describes new discoveries and offers remarkable insights into these fundamental questions.

Read more →

📚 The Sound of Rebellion (The Human Division Book 8) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Sound of Rebellion (The Human Division Book 8)” by John Scalzi, first published March 5th 2013.

Goodreads The Colonial Defense Forces usually protect humanity from alien attack, but now the stability of the Colonial Union has been threatened, and Lieutenant Heather Lee and her squad are called to squash a rebellion on a colony world. It seems simple enoughbut theres a second act to the rebellion that finds Lee captive, alone, and armed with only her brains to survive.

Read more →

📚 Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga Book 1) by Orson Scott Card (1985) ★★★★★

Finished reading “Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga Book 1)” by Orson Scott Card, first published in 1985.

Goodreads Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly.

Read more →

📚 Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott (1884) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Flatland” by Edwin A. Abbott, first published in 1884.

Goodreads Abbott used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to offer pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the novella’s more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions, for which the novella is still popular amongst mathematics, physics, and computer science students. Several films have been made from the story, including a feature film in 2007 called Flatland.

Read more →

📚 The Dog King (The Human Division Book 7) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Dog King (The Human Division Book 7)” by John Scalzi, first published February 26th 2013.

Goodreads CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has one simple task: Watch an ambassador’s dog while the diplomat is conducting sensitive negotiations with an alien race. But you know dogs - always getting into something. And when this dog gets into something that could launch an alien civil war, Wilson has to find a way to solve the conflict, fast, or be the one in the Colonial Union’s doghouse.

Read more →

📚 Children of Time (Children of Time Book 1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (2015) ★★★★★

Finished reading “Children of Time (Children of Time Book 1)” by Adrian Tchaikovsky, first published June 2015.

Goodreads A race for survival among the stars… Humanity’s last survivors escaped earth’s ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome it’s dangers? WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars.

Read more →

📚 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Book 1) by Douglas Adams (1979) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Book 1)” by Douglas Adams, first published October 12th 1979.

Goodreads Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Read more →

📚 The Back Channel (The Human Division Book 6) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The Back Channel (The Human Division Book 6)” by John Scalzi, first published February 19th 2013.

Goodreads The Conclave is a confederation of 400 alien races - many of whom would like to see the Colonial Union - and the humans inside of it - blasted to extinction. To avoid a conflict that neither side can afford, Conclave leader General Tarsem Gau appoints Hafte Sorvalh to resolve an emerging diplomatic crisis with the humans, before the only acceptable solution is war.

Read more →

📚 Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs Book 1) by Richard K. Morgan (2002) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs Book 1)” by Richard K. Morgan, first published February 28th 2002.

Goodreads Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

Read more →

📚 Tales from the Clarke (The Human Division Book 5) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Tales from the Clarke (The Human Division Book 5)” by John Scalzi, first published February 12th 2013.

Goodreads Captain Sophia Coloma of the Clarke has a simple task: Ferry around representatives from Earth in an aging spaceship that the Colonial Union hopes to sell to them. But nothing is as simple as it seems, and Coloma discovers the ship she’s showing off holds suprises of its own…and it’s not the only one with secrets.

Read more →

📚 I, Robot (Robot Series Book 0.1) by Isaac Asimov (1950) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “I, Robot (Robot Series Book 0.1)” by Isaac Asimov, first published in 1950.

Goodreads The three laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Read more →

🐧 How to Make Qt Apps Match Dark Themes on Xfce

Read more →

📚 A Voice in the Wilderness (The Human Division Book 4) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “A Voice in the Wilderness (The Human Division Book 4)” by John Scalzi, first published February 5th 2013.

Goodreads Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days hes watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. Its everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch?

Read more →

📚 Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Autonomous” by Annalee Newitz, first published September 19th 2017.

Goodreads The highly anticipated science fiction debut from the founder of io9!Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who cant otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

Read more →

📚 We Only Need the Heads (The Human Division Book 3) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “We Only Need the Heads (The Human Division Book 3)” by John Scalzi, first published January 29th 2013.

Goodreads CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwes missions are fated to crossand in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.

Read more →

📚 Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou (2018) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou, first published May 21st 2018.

Goodreads The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end in the face of pressure and threats from the CEO and her lawyers. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier.

Read more →

📚 Walk the Plank (The Human Division Book 2) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “Walk the Plank (The Human Division Book 2)” by John Scalzi, first published January 22nd 2013.

Goodreads Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized and secret so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he came to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected.

Read more →

📚 The Art of Invisibility by Kevin Mitnick (2017) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data” by Kevin Mitnick, first published February 14th 2017.

Goodreads The world’s most famous hacker reveals the secrets on how citizens and consumers can stay connected and on the grid safely and securely by using cloaking and counter-measures in today’s age of Big Brother and big data.

Read more →

📚 The B-Team (The Human Division Book 1) by John Scalzi (2013) ★★★☆☆

Finished reading “The B-Team (The Human Division Book 1)” by John Scalzi, first published January 15th 2013.

Goodreads The opening episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi’s new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man’s War. Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Unions future.

Read more →

📚 Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom (2014) ★★★★☆

Finished reading “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” by Nick Bostrom, first published July 3rd 2014.

Goodreads Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position.

Read more →