I have rise and Fall of D.O.D.O and I received his newest Fall for my birthday, Have not started either yet. Seveneves was an amazing book.
A couple others I have enjoyed in the last couple years are Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson and The Wayfarer Series by Becky Chambers. Her books are classic space opera, and extremely enjoyable. The Mars Trilogy by Robinson is in my opinion a must read for Scifi fans. Another new author I found was Matilda Scotney and her book The Afterlife of Alice Watkins. Another good old space opera is The Linesman by S.K. Dunstall.
I think writing has gotten better through the years. The old classics tended to be written by a club of misogynist white men, that praised each other. I am not saying the classics are not classics, they just do not stand up to the test of time.
Facts don't lie or have an agenda. Facts are just facts
"God did it" is not an argument. It is an excuse for intellectual laziness.
If your viewpoint has merits and facts to back it up why would you have to lie?