Because they travel close to the speed of light, time dilation causes centuries to pass on Earth during their two years in transit. They reach orbit around a temperate, lushly forested planet they name Soror (Latin for sister).They launch a shuttle to land on the surface. They can breathe the air, drink the water, and eat the fruit. Attracted by a lovely golden naked woman they call Nova, they swim below a scenic waterfall.
She is frightened by their pet chimpanzee, Hector, and she strangles it. Her tribe, who comport themselves as dumb animals, wreck the newcomers' clothing and shuttle. Fully dressed gorilla hunters attack the tribe with firearms. Many are killed, including Arthur.
Ulysse is captured with the survivors. Ape clothing matches that of modern Earth men, except that the apes wear gloves instead of shoes on their prehensile feet. The apes smoke tobacco, photograph their hunting trophies, drink through straws, and appear utterly civilized. Their stagnant society is divided into three strata: aggressive gorilla soldiers, pedantic and politically conservative orangutan administrators, and liberal chimpanzee intellectuals. In an urban biological research facility, Ulysse recognizes Pavlov's dog conditioning being used on captured humans.
He is mated with Nova. Curious chimpanzee researcher Zira takes interest in his geometric drawings and his ability to speak a few simian words.
With help from her fiancé Cornélius, Ulysse makes a speech in front of several thousand apes. He is granted freedom, and is given tailored clothing.
Old Antelle reverts to bestiality in the zoo and is moved to the lab for safety, where he is mated to a young female. Cornélius, an archaeologist, excavates an ancient human city.
An unconscious human lab subject whose brain has been stimulated by electrodes recites from racial memory the events that led to the fall of human civilization. Ape slaves, who outnumbered their masters, plotted the overthrow of their oppressors, and killed their masters or evicted them to the wild. Nova bears Ulysse a son, Sirius, who precociously walks and talks at three months.
Fearing for their lives, they take the place of the human test subjects in a space flight experiment. As they fly over Paris, Orly Airport and the Eiffel Tower look the same. When they land, however, they are greeted by a field officer in a Jeep who is a gorilla. Jinn and Phyllis refuse to believe Ulysse's "impossible" story, being civilized chimps. The novel was published in France in 1963 by René Julliard.The first English language version, with a translation by Xan Fielding, was published in the United States by Vanguard Press in June 1963 under the title Planet of the Apes. In January 1964 it was published in the United Kingdom as Monkey Planet by Secker & Warburg of London, then re-issued as Planet of the Apes in August 1973 to tie it in to the film franchise it inspired.
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