Lavie Tidhar. The Indignity of Rain. (Interzone #240, May-Jun 2012)

Neat little story from Tidhar. Not much happens : a woman in what was once called Tel Aviv is surprised to see an old lover back on Earth, and they share a drink. That is handled well, with the emotions carefully and subtly attended to, but what gives the story that extra something, is the three-dimensional nature of the setting, as Tidhar provides a detailed future society based on what we have now.

No info-dumping, just carefully blended into the narrative, giving a sense of time and place, of characters living out lives, of the consequences of past actions, and the potential for the story to continue after it ends.

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