Issue 35, Final Fringe

Russell Hehn on "Ringlet"

by Fringe Magazine 10.24.2011

This week we’re pleased to offer “Ringlet” from Russell Hehn. Below, Russell fills us in on the story’s inception. Did you enjoy “Ringlet?” Any questions or comments about the piece? Have your say below.


I heard a story on the radio a while back about Amelia Earhart’s last radio transmission before she disappeared off the face of the earth forever. It’s sad enough to think that people die and lose their voices, but it’s another thing when people just plain evaporate. They could be out there doing all sorts of things that we’d never ever know about. Perhaps they’re doing math in the desert sand with their fingers, or living in the black pools of a cave among sightless fish, or naked in a hut with a cadmium halo whizzing about over their heads that connects them to people who are very good at and earnest with their prayers. It stands to reason that Amelia Earhart was doing one of those things if she did not immediately die. Being that I have some strange fixation with monks, the third option seemed most suited to my sensibilities. Had I gone with either of the other two I would not have been so interested in the story as I am with this one and it may not have been written at all.

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