Prolific French SF author Roland C. Wagner, 51, died August 5, 2012, in a car accident in Laruscade, France.
Wagner wrote more than 50 novels and 100 stories. His series Les Futurs Mystères de Paris (The Future Mysteries of Paris) combined elements of noir, near-future SF, and fantastique. Other notable works include near-future political thriller La Saison de la sorcière (The Season of Magic, 2003), space opera Le Temps du voyage (Time of Travel, 2005), and several alternate histories, including HPL (1890-1991) (1997), an alternate-history biography of H.P. Lovecraft, and Rêves de Gloire (Dreams of Glory, 2011), about Albert Camus and the French-Algerian war. Wagner also edited anthologies, and translated a great deal of English-language SF into French.
See the September issue of Locus for a complete obituary.