I saw someone reading a book in Cyrillic. The cover looked like trashy or pulpy scifi. I don't remember if it looked old or new, but if I had to guess I would say it was from the 60s-80s. It had a white monkey on a pedestal in a Martian landscape screaming a ray of ice (or so it seemed).

I've done all the image searching I can think of. It's completely possible that the monkey wasn't screaming ice but was doing something else, but I haven't found anything that fits.

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    ^_^ Welcome to SF&F. Glad you could make it, assuming you're the same guy from eng-misc.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jan 14, 2019 at 20:51
  • Hey there! That's some info already but it would be ideal if you could edit in whatever parts of the plot you can remember. Luckily, we have a handy story-id asking guide which might jog some more memories :) please add every little detail you could remember!
    – Jenayah
    Jan 14, 2019 at 20:51
  • Unfortunately, I believe he only saw the cover of it, and never actually read it.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jan 14, 2019 at 20:59
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    @FuzzyBoots meh. What happened to reading over other people's shoulders in the subway? :(
    – Jenayah
    Jan 14, 2019 at 21:02
  • Unfortunately I don't read Cyrillic, so I have no idea at all about the plot. Presumably a monkey was involved, but even that is just an informed guess. Jan 14, 2019 at 22:24

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Probably one from "Of Mars" book series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of Tarzan (also known as Barsoom series), the books that tie in with later movie made from the book "John Carter Warlord of Mars" called John Carter (2012) .

Why it might fit?

"John Carter Warlord of Mars" story anthology came out in 1963.

It is very definitively pulp sort of book/novel.

It happens on Mars and it has white apes in it.

white ape

Some of the Martians in that book series have what are basically magical powers. Not white apes though.

The movie John Carter(2012) , while considered a box office flop, was very, very popular in Russia (the most populous country which uses Cyrillic alphabet), grossing 16,6 million USD during first 3 days of showing there. It is possible that somebody saw that movie and is now reading prequel books.

Full image here: Ape on mars

  • I like your reasoning, but for the life of me I can't find a matching cover. I'm wondering now if it wasn't Cyrillic but was a different non-Latin script and I just ignorantly assumed that it was Cyrillic. Your 2012 timeline fits perfectly though, as I think it was 2012 in Paris that I saw it. Is it a violation of the terms of service of Stack Exchange to offer to send money to the first person to find it? Jul 19, 2020 at 3:08

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