Are there any science-fiction stories (any medium) that focus on a characters personal experience of time-dilation?
I think an interesting short story could have a character volunteering for a future space-force, but due to the effects of time dilation he realises that before he leaves on his first trip out he will have to say goodbye to his family and friends knowing that he’ll never see them again in this life.
Then when he comes back he visits his home and realises that although he understood it on an intellectual level the emotional impact of everything he knew having gone away in the decades he has been gone (a couple of years in his subjective frame) is shattering.
I’d write the story myself if I had any writing talent at all!
btw one story that springs to mind is The Forever War by Joe Halderman any others? A plot summary would be nice as well.