I am trying to remember the name of a scifi book, the only thing I remember is that in the history of the book, there was a civilization in every geological period on earth. Unfortunately this is the only thing I remember, I read about it a long time ago, I already researched it and I couldn't find it.

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    Past or future geological periods?
    – Jontia
    Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 22:37
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dying_Earth_genre
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 23:19
  • What is the lower bound on how long ago you read it? Was it a full book or a novella? How was the viewpoint of the story encompassing civilisations separated by geological ages - was there time travel? Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 23:46
  • Helliconia perhaps?
    – Moriarty
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 0:19

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If the periods are in the future (and eventually, involve other planets), this could be Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon.

Per Wikipedia:

Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future is a "future history" science fiction novel written in 1930 by the British author Olaf Stapledon. A work of unprecedented scale in the genre, it describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across two billion years and eighteen distinct human species, of which our own is the first. The book employs a narrative conceit that, under subtle inspiration, the novelist has unknowingly been dictated a channelled text from the last human species.

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    Agreed; I think this is the most obvious answer.
    – DavidW
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 0:33
  • That sounds a lot like All Tommorrows, but isnt
    – DKNguyen
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 0:57
  • It was about this Olaf Stapledon novel that I had read, thank you very much.
    – Bebop
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 16:10

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