"In the Line of Duty" is a short story in the Pelted's Paradox universe. It won the 2003 Ursa Majors Award for Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction, and was originally published in Anthrolations.
14 pages long.
When the UAV Scattersky answers a distress call, their captain is expecting a routine rescue operation and dispatches his first commander, Alysha Forrest, to manage the transfer of personnel. But naturally, things are never as easy as they seem on the surface....
- Kaymah is a Naysha
- Brown Burnoose is a platty named for (its) the cape like pattern
- Dan Hawkins of UAV Alabama, Blackspace class freighter, has silver beard
- Jason, Tam-illee
- A hinichi wolfine
- Meri Bernard Flait (?), Aeron
Just the cover
"In the Line of Duty" is available for purchase in e-book format.