Hello and welcome to MJRyder.net, home of academic and digital marketing expert, Mike Ryder (M.J. Ryder). I have many years’ experience working in industries as diverse as video games, healthcare and higher education. I currently work in academia, where I conduct inter-disciplinary research in robots, AI, technology, science fiction and biopolitics, while also teaching digital marketing and social media. Read on to find out more…

I have published several articles in The Conversation on the topic of ‘killer robots’, ethics and robotic decision-making. These have been republished across the web, on news sites such as Metro and The Independent. I have also provided comment for the national press, and have appeared on several radio shows including talkRADIO and eFM TBS.

Killer robots article by M.J. Ryder featured in The Conversation, March 2019

The Darkest Hour

Phae is a girl unlike any other. Her father is the most powerful mage in the realm, and her mother is a member of the Lintari – a small, secretive band of warriors bound to the earth as its sworn guardians. With such powerful blood inside her, growing up was never going to be easy.

But when her powers bring about catastrophe and the death of her tutor, Phae finally decides she’s had enough. With her unstable magic threatening to bring about even more danger to those she loves, Phae flees her home on the Magical Isle to seek sanctuary on the mainland. Only there does she realise her problems have barely just begun…

Publication information

The Darkest Hour by M.J. Ryder is a heroic fantasy novel for young adults featuring magic, adventure and a strong female protagonist. It also has strong themes of love and friendship, and explores the moving tale of one father’s quest to find his little girl.

Type: Young Adult Fiction
Fantasy / Adventure

Hardback: 978-1-912615-66-7
: £12.99

Paperback: 978-1-912615-64-3
RRP: £7.99

eBook: 978-1-912615-65-0
RRP: £3.99

Mike is incredibly hardworking with a phenomenal range of technical, editorial and creative skills. He has proved absolutely invaluable to the team and has quickly developed a reputation within the University that has led to more and more teams inviting him to lead on projects. I’d certainly recommend taking any opportunity you have to work with Mike.
One of Mike’s core strengths [...] is his ability to adapt to changing work priorities and successfully deliver projects critical to his employer’s success. Mike was a very valued member of our community of digital specialists [at CCCU] and his legacy [...] remains to this day. I very much enjoyed working with Mike and I have great expectations of his future career.
[Mike] has an amazing knowledge base [...] and is a keen analytical thinker. Mike's work ethic is second to none, his sense of professional responsibility is steadfast and he willingly guides colleagues through their work when help is needed. His intellect and skills make him a valuable part of any team, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside him.