American publishing has taken many turns in the last 200 years. One of the best periods for American writers and artists was the era of pulp magazines, those inexpensive magazines on cheap wood pulp paper that flourished from about 1920 to 1950, when the new infant television and mass market paperbacks finally froze them out. There were literally hundreds of pulps coming out weekly or monthly, selling for 10 cents or less, then 15 cents, and finally 25 cents each. It was a good time for beginning illustrators and writers. With so many covers needing art and so many pages to fill, the pulps offered a rich proving ground for newcomers, as well as a lush field for established writers and artists. This is another pulp genre that welcomed new writers and artists -- Science Fiction and Fantasy.