Start with the assumption that in 1945 humans began living off world due to first contact with alien/other dimensional beings around the development
of the nuclear bomb.
These people would likely suffer from significant home sickness. But not just home sickness of wanting to see home again... but even to be understood
and welcomed. Traditional novels or movies from earth wouldn't truly satisfy that human connection that the different entertainment mediums offer.
Connections from afar with people just like yourself.
Consider you need something to offer that will make them feel connected to people at home, but integrating the sort of things you deal with day in and
day out in your completely alien life.
Enter Asimov, Clarke, (and earlier)... feed them advanced information on technology in some roundabout manner, give them some basic circumstances that
characters might be found in, and let them loose. You as a fledgeling branch of the US military can bring in a hefty profit from the book and movie
sales on earth. But more importantly... you get to show your men serving "afar" things that speak to them, and connect them with people back home.
Even if the people at home don't realize it.
In Ender's game people on world were aware of the space program, but not the true scope of it. Look at that book from the vantage point of *actually*
being a kid in some secret off world space program where you couldn't talk to your friends or family anymore. Think about how important a book like
that would be to your mental well being?
It's what I'd do if I had a secret space/dimensional program that took intense emotional strains on those early participants.
2012/5/14 by ErgoTheConfusion because: (no reason given)