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According to this article the answer is: exactly like us.


by Willy Ley
Condensed from This Week Magazine

A short time ago man put artificial satellites in space. Sometime in 1958 we will launch a piloted aircraft into space. Some scientists are confident we could hit the moon with an unmanned rocket today. Within 10 or 20 years spaceflight will be an almost everyday occurrence.

Once we are in space, the question arises — will we be the only ones? Will we find other intelligent beings plying the spaceways, and if so. what will they be like? We cannot predict everything, of course, but we do have a good idea of what space people might look like.

Do Prehistoric Monsters Still Exist? (Feb, 1949)

Do Prehistoric Monsters Still Exist?

Future explorers may find themselves battling “extinct” creatures which lurk in the remote corners of the world.

By Willy Ley
Author of The Lungfish, the Dodo and the Unicorn*

DINOSAURS may roam the unexplored jungles of Africa!

Native tribes near the Congo River call the creatures Mokele Mbembe. They say they’re enormous and live in caves washed out by the river at sharp turns. Some startled tribesmen have described them as having long necks, small heads and one long tusk. Others have told of a three-horned monster like that shown above, with ferocious teeth and a massive comb. All agree that the creatures kill both humans and elephants. But they never eat the flesh. Farther east in Africa, near Lake Ban-gweolo, the natives tell of a weird animal which they call Chipekwe. Because it kills hippopotamuses, not one hippo can be found in the lake. One tribe claims it hunted and killed a Chipekwe forty years ago. The strongest hunters had to jab it with their spears for days before the animal finally succumbed.

Atomic Medicine (Apr, 1946)

Atomic Medicine


The atomic bomb, most feared weapon the world has ever known, may prove to be the savior of millions of human lives!

THE whole world knows and fears the atomic bomb.

Conferences are held about it. Editorials and articles are written about it. It is implanted in the minds of most of us as a symbol for destruction and doom, a terrifying force which unloosed can mean the end of us and the world we know. Yet there is a brighter side to the picture, a side which may eventually prove the atomic bomb to be a savior of mankind rather than a destroyer.