Skytribe is from first time author Dewey M. Erlwein. It was published in 2004 by Wasteland Press (www.wastelandpress.com).
Fraya Lor is an up and coming engineer who is working on a space probe that is being sent to a potentially inhabitable planet. She must contend with a supervisor who does not want her on the team, a contractor who keeps trying to bribe her, a boy friend who she doesn't see often enough and an unknown entity who is bugging her rooms, keeping track of her movements and removes her supporter from his government position. Despite all this she is able to plan and execute a trip to this new planet with her new engine design.
This is the first of two volumes about this heroine and the exploration of a new planet. I look forward to the next installment.