The Inscrutable Visages of the Sowmyatha
by Kate MacLeod
Lu McNair longs for nothing more than to earn a solitary posting, something on some remote station somewhere with a crew of one. Just her, observing some really weird alien species. Something not remotely humanoid, like a sentient cloud or the colonial organisms that floated through deep space.
Ironically without a high score in interpersonal communications and teamwork, even that is out of reach.