But first half is amongst the best treatments I've seen of the social aspects of time dilation:
- By the time you return, none of your loved ones will be around.
- Soldiers in an alien invading army need to be brave enough to understand that they will never see their loved ones. Which seriously limits soldier recruiting options.
- Since none now living will be around when the wanderer returns, earth cannot care in the least about space goers.
- Dubious trade ethics since neither party will see the other ever again.
- When you return with that precious ore, the technology on earth has moved way beyond, & the stuff is no longer precious.
Fact sheet.First published: Astounding, February/March 1950.
Among the stories from Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.