First question here; not sure how well it fits this site...
I'm looking for a reasonably believable way to explain how someone could walk around in a space/combat suit (not a giant robo-suit; more like Iron-Man type suit), and carry "stuff" that is between 1000X and 10000X more heavy/voluminous than the wearer, without being encumbered.
I've thought of multiple possibilities, but they all have major problems:
1) Some force-field massively reducing the electromagnetic repulsion between atoms. It would cause things to become "smaller" (after all, mater is mostly made of void anyway), by allowing atoms to get closer to each other (the archetypal shrink-ray). Problem: without a reduction in mass, you still could not move all that weight.
2) Create a portal into some empty sub-space/alternate universe, and store your stuff there (like "flat space technology" in Ultraviolet). Problem: This would logically allow you to carry an infinite amount of stuff with you.
3) Dematerialize matter into pure energy, stored in a "battery", and record the "object pattern" as information in "memory". (like Star-Trek replicators) Problems: This would imply an ability to produce unlimited amount of energy by transforming any matter into energy (without an equivalent amount of anti-matter). As I want to use energy as the world's currency, that would not work for me. Also, it would allow easy "cloning" of anything (dirt->energy->titanium, for example), which would be disastrous for the economy.
4) Dematerialize matter into a "quantum pattern" where information and energy are inseparable, and store them into (fixed-size) "memory crystals" (like "transport beams" from Wraith Dart ships in Stargate Atlantis). The size/weight of the crystals would limit the amount being carried. Problem: You could just store lots of stuff in "memory crystals", put them in a box, and store the box in a single "memory crystal", thereby allowing (indirectly) to carry an infinite amount of stuff again.
5) A mass-effect field would eliminate most of the weight. Problem: The volume would still be the same, and totally unwieldy.
6) Warp space itself, as a black-hole would, around the object, so that it's "bigger inside" then outside, and store it in a box. Problems: I can't imagine how this would affect the mass. While SciFi often shows people with hand-held disintegrators, something that can literally warp space like a black-hole sounds like it should be the size of a space-ship drive, not a gun.
I'm looking either for a way to explain-away the problems of any solution I mentioned, or some alternative that doesn't have any of the mentioned problems.