I know this is an old discussion but I can't keep myself from posting. This is one of my favorite mindgames, what I would take if I went back in time. Your rule that I have to carry what I take hampers me quite a but but doesn't change what I would take. If I could, I would want at least a ton of capacity. Almost all of what I take would be ammunition for my weapon. I don't intend to kill anybody unless I have to. However, I certainly intend to let the local leaders know that I am a power that they need on their side. Rather than taking any useful technology, I would take a highly condensed practical engineering textbook printed on gold leaf. I would want others to go with me, at least 4. I think that 5 heavily armed men could cut a deal with the local warlord and then set about implementing manufacturing that would make us all rich. That is the best outcome that I can come to in this thought excercise.
I enjoyed the BBC Radio series Earthsearch by Ken Follet and have passed it on to grateful friends.
Several FTL generation ships are sent to find a new homeworld for humanity, but problems arise due to egotistical AI control systems and FTL time distortion.
Thanks for the interesting post!
The Star Seekers wasn't bad, sort of a "juvenile novel".
Try this link and the links embedded within to Amazon comments.
This was first "generation ship" nov-l I read back in mid 1950's: The Star Seekers by Lesser, Milton
It is a bit pricey if you want a used copy from amazon.com or abebooks.com..but maybe Inter-library loan?
I just looked this up on Amazon -- the folks who like it really like it -- but it doesn't have overwhelming support -- like the comment
"To say that this is 'slow' is like calling Faulkner 'wordy'." (grin)
So I'm not sure whether to add this one to my wish list or not...