Contemporary accounts speak of the squalid conditions in which the human and humanoid miners lived and worked; of the perpetual grey clouds that blocked out the light of the sun. Eurogen Butler‘s activities were unregulated: their only objective was profit through round-the-clock mineral extraction. In 2147, when a pit shaft at the third site on the southern continent collapsed, killing between a hundred and two hundred and fifty miners (reports vary), the entire area was made safe with polyslene. The dead were left where they fell; work carried on unhindered around the site of the tragedy.Next in the series of Bernice Summerfield Novels, and one that I'm afraid left me rather cold; the girl of the title is another archaeologist, caught up in espionage and ancient history, but it just wasn't terribly interesting apart from Benny herself, who is always fun. Even there, I was annoyed by the use of her diary entries purely to shift from tight-third to first-person narrative rather gratuitously, without really adding much to the plot or our understanding of the characters' perceptions of it.
Next in this series: Beige Planet Mars, by Lance Parkin and Mark Clapham.