In this universe, John was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, where he graduated with a science degree and chose to do nothing with it. When he's not pondering life's important questions such as "Is there a universe where I don't like eating cinnamon donuts?", he likes to spend his time sipping tea and working on his series The Concordian Chronicles. This is to help unleash the creative genius that's been lurking in the deep, dark corners of his mind for the last few decades of his existence in this dimension. It's also a way for him to stop eating too many cinnamon donuts.