I've just been rereading Rule 34 by Charles Stross, but I don't quite understand the end.
I know that we see
the arrest of Mr. White through the "eyes" of ATHENA. Then we cut to the Toymaker. He seems to be becoming increasingly psychotic and his thoughts are very disjointed. He is talking to someone, but its not clear if its Control, ATHENA or his own delusions. Then he dies, and there is a bit about someone (presumably ATHENA) finding it strange that they are not embodied within the "meatpuppet", or something. I don't get it. How could ATHENA be in the Toymaker? ATHENA is a distributed AI.
Can someone explain exactly what is going on here?