The first panel I'm on at LonCon is The Retrofuturism of J J Abrams, which is on Thursday starting at 16:30 and scheduled to go on to 18:00 in Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL).
The blurb for the panel is as follows:
"From Super 8 to Star Trek to Almost Human, JJ Abrams-developed projects often seem to take particular delight in updating or simply inhabiting the futures of days gone past. To what extent is this simple nostalgia, and to what extent can elements of critique or challenge be identified in his work? And what are the implications for the upcoming third Star Wars trilogy?"
This reminds me of a panel I was on last year at Nine Worlds Con where we discussed Star Wars versus Star Trek, and what the effect of having J J Abrahms involved in both franchises would be. Looks like it will be a lot of fun.
Updated List of Panelists
Val Nolan (Moderator), with Pawel Frelik, Sorcha Ní Fhlainn, Erin M. Underwood, and me.