The yr was 1959, and author and newspaperman Frank Herbert was quick at work researching what would turn out to be one of the widespread science-fiction novels of all time.
It began in a now-beige home perched on the high of a steep hill on Mississippi Road in Potrero Hill. At present, viewing from 412 Mississippi, town unfurls itself earlier than one’s eyes. The Salesforce Tower juts unconcernedly into the blue, cloudy sky. Millennium Tower rests — shakily — on its basis. And Freeway 101 cuts a horizontal line throughout them each.