This week's book giveaway is in the General Computing forum. We're giving away four copies of Arduino in Action and have Martin Evans, Joshua Noble, and Jordan Hochenbaum on-line! See this thread for details.
If you want an empty list, you can use Collections.EMPTY_LIST or emptyList(). If you want an unmodifiable List containing a single item, compare Collections.singletonlist("My Object") to the code doing the same.