I searched around a little more and managed to get a hold of all 4 Xeelee Sequence novels (I’m not a big fan of short stories) and I’m surprised… they’re pretty good.
Apparently, it’s hard sci-fi but I’m certain I don’t understand what that means.
Someone else called it a FutureHistory — I guess that’s cool insofar as the term has been around for yonks and people seem to understand roughly what it means…
…after 50 or so pages in to the first of the books (Raft), I still hadn’t begun to feel like an idiot for starting the book in the first place. Impressive.
The writing style is tight and straightforward.
It’s a grown-up Science Fiction novel written by a grown up fan of science fiction.
I won’t bother trying to explain the science (mainly because I haven’t really bothered trying to understand it in the first place) but it probably has some foundation to it… or not: I truthfully couldn’t care less if it were entirely made up and silly — more important to me is that it is immersive and compelling — so, fairly shortly into the first of the books, I stopped questioning the environment and started to follow the story.
You can look up Stephen Baxter on WikiPedia.
One note on my reading: I read everything on my laptop in digital format (PDF or LIT) — Bali sucks for books.