Since I was a child my favorite kind of novels had been science fiction ones, and one of my favorite authors is Issac Asimov. One of the things I like the most about his work is how he built a whole timeline and universe where he tells the history of mandkind and his conquer of the universe. When reading his books this is not obvious, but once you read several of them you'll start to see it.
This timeline does not have all the books, he has a lots of unrelated books (within his science fiction work). But it is impresive to see how he completed the story in a non-cronological order. It is like Asimov had the whole story on his head and as I was writing it he was completing the story of the whole universe. To be fair there are gaps and the fans usually cover these gaps.