I have an idea that might make for a neat one-shot, setting, what have you. I'd like to see what people would do with it, or what would need to be added to it to take it to the Next Stage.
Caveat: This analogy requires a little bit of tech knowledge.
Imagine you've just bought a WiFi card and are installing it in your computer. Everything is loaded correctly, and you're detecting a network. Except, you don't own a router, and are in a place where there shouldn't already be a network.
Or, more precisely, say you installed your WiFi card in the 1960s. And, ignoring the other problems with a computer not being compatible back then, you find a network waiting for you.
Imagine if scientists make a breakthrough in using a new, heretofore unknown and unused force of nature to act as a medium for a Matrix or cyberpunk style 'net where everything is connected no matter the distance. For this example, call it the Higgs Network.
So, they develop a way of making our computers be able to use this new format - and there are already other entities on the network.
And they're not local.
[End of Concept]
These could be aliens, they could be spirits, they could be Earth's intelligence.
This could be a way of monitoring a species' development/maturity, heaven, or a mind of a sleeping god.
So, take this concept to the next stage ...