The Goldilocks Zone

Mysterious Light Press (2021/2024)


Audio Book


Ben Davenport is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist on a mission. He’s investigating UFO expert Daniel Byrne, who teaches his followers how to commune with extraterrestrials. A local TV station reporter obsessed with UFO sightings in the area, is found dead near Byrne’s Montana ranch, thus deepening Ben’s interest in the story. Ben knows a ruse when he sees one, but when he experiences an inexplicable event first hand, he’s forced to reevaluate his understanding of reality. At the insistence of the deceased reporter’s niece, Ben investigates what he thinks is a clandestine government plot and plunges head first into a conspiracy theory rabbit hole. Will he use his journalist skills to unveil the truth, or will he succumb to delusion or possibly more menacing forces?

Author's Comments:

I wrote this book to make you think about your own abilty to make sense of reality and not be fooled. In our world of seemingly unrelenting technological influence, propaganda, corruption, and existential threats, sensemaking is more important now than ever before. Just like in Behind The Machine, The Goldilocks Zone is jam-packed with prophetic relevance for our times.

I've been fascinated by UFO phenomena since I was a child, having wrote my first book on the topic at the age of 9! What you do not get in the DoD report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), you'll get in the novel.

DoD Report

David D. Luxton with U.S. Navy Commander David Fravor, witness to the famous "Tic Tac" UFO of the coast of San Diego in 2004.

Behind The Machine

Mysterious Light Press (2020)



By 2034, global climate change is causing unpredictable havoc on Earth. Dr. Sara Brown, a twenty-nine-year-old computer scientist and recently widowed mother is making a new start at Universal Mind, Inc. She’s ready to repair a new artificial intelligence (AI) climate monitoring and weather prediction system but she soon learns things are not what they seem. Still coping with unresolved grief and worried about her daughter’s safety, Sara must decide whether or not to risk her own freedom and life by taking action for the greater good. She has the smarts to fix the world’s most complex AI program, but will she outwit her corrupt employer and a psychopathic AI to save her daughter and the planet before it’s too late? All of the technology in Behind the Machine, as terrifying as it is, presently exists.

Author's Comments:

Behind The Machine is set right after "The Great Reset" of the 2020s, when the financial super-elites have recast the world's economic structure. This book is about using technology for social control, out-of-control AI, and weather as a weapon. Don't think the weather can be manipulated at will? Look up "Project Popeye" of the 1960s or the weather manipulation the Chinese Government is doing today. The most popular social media site has banned me from promoting this book several times without a real reason. Does that tell you something?

Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral and Mental Health Care

David D. Luxton (Ed.) (2016).

Elsevier Academic Press



Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral and Mental Health Care summarizes recent advances in artificial intelligence as it applies to mental health clinical practice. Each chapter provides a technical description of the advance, review of application in clinical practice, and empirical data on clinical efficacy.

In addition, each chapter includes a discussion of practical issues in clinical settings, ethical considerations, and limitations of use. The book encompasses AI based advances in decision-making, in assessment and treatment, in providing education to clients, robot assisted task completion, and the use of AI for research and data gathering.

This book will be of use to mental health practitioners interested in learning about, or incorporating AI advances into their practice and for researchers interested in a comprehensive review of these advances in one source.

A Practitioner's Guide to Telemental Health

Luxton, D. D., Nelson, E. & Maheu, M. (2016).

American Psychological Association Books. Washington DC.



As telecommunication technologies and health apps become more ubiquitous and affordable, they expand opportunities for mental health professionals to provide quality care. However, physical distance as well as technology itself can create challenges to safe and ethical practice. Such challenges are manageable when following the best practices outlined in this book.

Providers can use videoconference and other technologies for assessment, treatment delivery, psychoeducation, supervision, and consultation. This practical guide covers each facet of telemental health care in turn, with emphasis on: conducting telepractice within legal, regulatory, and ethical boundaries; safeguarding clients’ privacy and ensuring the security of their data; establishing a welcoming, safe environment and therapeutic rapport from a distance.


Luxton, D. D., Watson., E. (2023). Psychological and Psychosocial Consequences of Super Disruptive A.I.: Public Health Implications and Recommendations. Proceedings of the Stanford Existential Risk Conference 2023

Luxton, D. D. (2023). Ethics in healthcare delivery and public health: current and emerging issues from the COVID-19 era. In Kuriansky & Kakkattil (Eds)., Resilient Health to Transform Healthcare for COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond. Elsevier.

Luxton, D. D. & Watson, E. (2023). Intelligent Virtual Agents for Current and Emerging Public Health Crises. In Kuriansky & Kakkattil (Eds)., Resilient Health to Transform Healthcare for COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond. Elsevier.

Hilty, D., Peled, A., Luxton, D. D. (2023). Predictive Modeling, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning in Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment. Springer.

Luxton, D. D. & Hudlicka, E. (2021). Intelligent Virtual Agents in Healthcare: Ethics and Application Considerations. In F. Jotterand, M. Ienca and M Liang (Eds)., Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Brain & Mental Health. Springer Nature, Switzerland.

Luxton, D. D. (2020). Improving Mental Health Outcomes with Artificial Intelligence, In Mental Health Technologies, G. Reger (Ed)., Routledge.

Luxton, D. D., & Poulin, C. (2020). Advancing Public Health in the Age of Big Data: Methods, Ethics, and Recommendations. Patient-Centered Healthcare Technology: The Way to Better Health. Goldschmidt & Relova (Eds).

Luxton, D. D., & Sirotin, A. (2020). Intelligent Conversational Agents in Global Health. In: Okpaku S. (eds) Innovations in Global Mental Health. Springer, Cham.

Luxton, D. D. & Riek, L. (2019). Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology 3rd Edition. (L. Brenner, B. S. Reid-Arndt, Elliott et al (Eds). Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for Rehabilitation. Washington DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Luxton, D. D. (2017). Behavioral and Mental Health Apps. In J. J. Magnavita (Ed). Using Technology in Mental Health Practice. Washington DC. American Psychological Association Books.

Luxton, D. D. (2017). Caring Letters for Military Suicide Prevention. In Sullivan, James, & Bongar (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Suicide in Military and Veteran Populations . New York: Oxford University Press.

Luxton, D. D. (2015). An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral and Mental Health Care. In D. D. Luxton (Ed). Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral and Mental Health Care. Elsevier Academic Press.

Luxton, D. D., Anderson, S. L., & Anderson M. (2015). Ethical Issues and Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Behavioral and Mental Health Care. In D. D. Luxton (Ed). Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral and Mental Health Care. Elsevier Academic Press.  

Luxton, D. D., June, J. D., Sano, A., & Bickmore, T. (2015). Mobile, Wearable, and Ambient Intelligence in Behavioral Health Care. In D. D. Luxton (Ed). Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral and Mental Health Care. Elsevier Academic Press.

Luxton, D. D., Pruitt, L. D., Jenkins, M., (2015). Clinical Assessment in Clinical Videoconferencing. In P. Tuerk & P. Shore (Eds). Behavioral Telehealth Series Volume 1- Clinical Video Conferencing: Program Development and Practice (pp. 203-220). Springer International.

Kramer, G. M., Mishkind, M. C., Luxton, D. D., Shore, J. H. (2013). Managing risk and protecting privacy in telemental health: an overview of legal, regulatory, and risk management issues. In Myers & Turvey (Eds.) Telemental Health: Clinical, Technical and Administrative Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice (pp. 83-107). Waltham, MA: Elsevier.

Skopp, N. A., Luxton, D. D., Bush, N., & Rudd, D. (2011). Managing the Service Member with Suicidal Ideation. In B.A. Moore, & W.E. Penk,  (Eds.), Handbook for the treatment of PTSD in Military Personnel (288-304). New York: The Guilford Press.

Luxton, D. D., (2009). Posttraumatic stress disorder.  In R.E. Ingram, (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Depression. New York: Springer

Hamilton, N. Luxton D. D., Nelson, C., & Stevens, N. (2009). Insomnia.  In R.E. Ingram, (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Depression. New York: Springer.

Scher, C .D., Steidtmann, D., Luxton, D. D., Ingram, R. E. (2006). Specific phobia: A common problem, rarely treated. In T. Plante (Ed.), Abnormal Psychology in the 21st Century. Preager.

Ingram, R. E. & Luxton, D. D. (2005). Vulnerability-stress models. In J. Abela (Ed.). Development of Psychopathology: Stress-Vulnerability Perspectives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.






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