Ryan was born and raised near Toronto, Ontario. He has lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan and Vancouver British Columbia, but currently calls Ontario Home.
Aside from writing, he is a teacher of fine art and engineering mathematics, stage actor, armorer, and nerd culture activist at madartlab.com. His work has been featured on io9, Kotaku, Boingboing, MTV Geek and in Game Developer Magazine.
He draws inspiration from his love for science, British comedy, Japanese animation, and North American fantasy. His heroes include Douglas Adams, Carl Sagan, Hayao Miyazaki and Peter Sellers.