In this one, the space travelers clearly go to a different planet in another part of the galaxy. They find a race of humans that have become dumb through laziness. The apes had evolved from pets to far more intelligent. However, Boulle makes them literally "apes" in that they can only mimic other things they have seen and thus have no original thoughts.
I would tend to disagree. If the apes had gotten that far along, I am sure their brain center that controls creativity would have too.
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In the novel Planet of the Apes, the three Frenchmen making the first interstellar journey discover a remarkably Earth-like world orbiting Betelgeuse--Earth-like, with one crucial difference: The humans are dumb beasts, and the apes are intelligent. Captured during a terrifying manhunt, locked in a cage, and ignorant of the simian language, Ulysse Merou struggles to convince the apes that he possesses intelligence and reason. But if he proves he is not an animal, he may seal his own doom.
Like the first movie, the novel Planet of the Apes has a twist ending, but a twist of a different--yet equally shocking--sort. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
First published more than thirty-five years ago, Pierre Boulle’s chilling novel launched one of the greatest science fiction sagas in motion picture history, from the classic 1968 movie starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell, through four sequels and two television series . . . and now the newest film adaptation directed by Tim Burton.
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