For the past couple of years I’ve been loving The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey, (I know, me and every other Earther out there.) From its real-physics space battles to its use of tried-and-true tropes (like humans whose physiques have grown elongated after generations of low-grav living; blue-collar space truckers; et al), it pushes all the core buttons of my SF fandom. Now, said fandom comes with certain poor judgment, a willingness to let slide those failings of craft that don’t stand directly in the way of a story jingling my bells. I mean … space opera! Wooo!
But on a purely craft level, Corey (aka co-authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) is among the best currently out there.