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Veteran science fiction author and Byte columnist Jerry Pournelle launched an astonishing verbal assault in a Las Vegas eaterie yesterday which left a disabled local journalist in tears.

Returning with two companions to his four-place table at a local Convention Centre restaurant, Pournelle found wheel chair Joy Lynd Chamberlain occupying the fourth spot. Pournelle raged at the encroachment, demanded she leave and yelled "you've got no class!" to the disabled diner. An outraged Washington Post reporter - who'd been dining at the table and was on his way out - chivarously offered to accompany Pournelle outside to settle his differences with someone more able bodied. The manager was summoned and Pournelle was eventually heard to apologise, blaming lack of sleep and coffee.

Pournelle is best known for immensely long, solipsistic accounts of not quite getting his home network to work. But those quasi-fascist Ayn Rand novels Pournelle has been reading (he's a libertarian nut) for so long have obviously taken their toll too.. Very classy stuff, Jerry.. ®.

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