Most people think witches are old and ugly – but ANITA isn’t. ANITA doesn’t cackle and hiss as she works dark curses, either. Oh, she casts witch’s spells and incantations, but not the usual kind. ANITA’s main interest is boys, just like any other girl her age. And she doesn’t really need things like love potions – not with her face and figure. But ANITA is a witch, and she’s young and a little reckless. Which means she sometimes makes mistakes (usually with boys), and when she does… all Hell might break loose….
Keith Robert’s The Lordly Ones offers a wide variety of sf and fantasy (and even a ghost story). The title story is a vision of near-future Britain collapsing in social disorder told from the viewpoint of a slow-witted lavatory attendant. Another take, “The Comfort Station”, approaches a similar situation from a quite different perspective. In other stories we see Roberts in a more light-hearted vein: “The Checkout”, another of his series of stories about a modern-day witch, Anita, or “Diva”, a tale of singer of unique abilities. In “Ariadne Potts” a man’s wish brings a classical statue to life, with, inevitably, unfortunate results. “The Castle and the Hoop” is an atmospheric ghost story set around the pubs of Southwark. And “Sphairistike” is perhaps the only sf story ever to centre on the game of tennis.