Planet of the Apes
By Pierre Boulle. The Vanguard Press, Inc., New York, 1963. ISBN B000P1DWR2. <bibref>Boulle:1963</bibref>
This science fiction story, which is far different from the movies, begins with a fantastically fast solar sail. A quote from the book describing the sail can be found at U3P, under "The Solar Sail" and "Sails Models".