I think I read this as a paperback in the 1990s while living in the United States. The viewpoint character was an uplifted monkey and he was joined by an uplifted parrot. They had to defeat some nefarious ploy involving genetic engineering and eventually wound up holed up in an artificial habitat, I think with stored genetic samples of the colonists. I'm fairly certain that the monkey had a female owner. I remember he didn't like one of the villains early on (before said character was revealed to be a villain) and threw feces at him (as a thinking creature, it was a very deliberate action). Also, while in the habitat, he misses a jump due to the Coriolis forces from the space station spinning (and that was the first mention I'd seen of Coriolis forces outside of sinks draining, so that was kind of neat).

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    What do you mean by "Uplifted"? Oct 9 '15 at 23:26
  • @ErnestFriedman-Hill: Granted sentience artificially. I'll clarify in the question.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Oct 9 '15 at 23:35

This is Lovelock (1994) by Orson Scott Card & Kathryn H. Kidd.

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It features an augmented / enhanced monkey named Lovelock, and is set on a spinning space station called the "Ark".

From GoodReads:

Lovelock is a capuchin monkey engineered to be the perfect servant — intelligent, agile, pliant, and devoted to his owner. He is a Witness, privileged to spend his days and nights observing the life of one of Earth's most brilliant scientists through digital recording devices behind his eyes. In his heart is the desire to please, not just to avoid the pain his owner can inflict with a word, but because he loves her.

Lovelock is on a voyage he did not choose. What human would consider the feelings of a capuchin monkey, no matter how enhanced? But Lovelock is something special among Witnesses — he's a little smarter than most humans; smart enough to break through some of his conditioning. Smart enough to feel the bonds of slavery, and want freedom.

From a description of its audio book version:

Capuchin monkeys are not the only Witnesses, merely the top-of-the-line. They also use parrots and other animals. For example, Carol Jeanne’s husband, a family therapist, has a pig for a Witness. The intelligence of these animals is enhanced to help them do their jobs better. The birds can speak and the monkeys can be taught to use sign language, for example. Lovelock speaks by writing or typing. He can read up to 2,000 words per minute and is quite the computer hacker.

Finally, on page 82 of the original printing of the novel, we have the Coriolis forces and missed jump that you referred to:

What could possibly have thrown me off? Idiot, I thought. The Coriolis effect! The Ark was spinning, so of course when I jumped free of all objects connected to the ground, the Ark moved under me and I didn't land where I expected.

  • Hah! That's it. Thank you.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Oct 10 '15 at 2:03
  • Glad to be of service. :-)
    – Praxis
    Oct 10 '15 at 2:06
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    I got all excited when the library said it was the first book in the Mayflower Trilogy, but apparently this is the only book that ever got written. The next book, Rasputin has been "forthcoming" for decades. :-/
    – FuzzyBoots
    Oct 10 '15 at 2:08

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