I'm just not terribly into hard science fiction, myself. The Stephen Baxter book I read was, in fact, co-written by Terry Pratchett and was disappointing to me in that it didn't have a lot of what I like in Terry Pratchett in it, so I haven't felt terribly inclined to seek out any more of his work.
"Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"
"You can't erase icing."
"I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"