Samuel A. Peeples

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Samuel A. Peeples
BornSamuel Anthony Peeples
(1917-09-22)September 22, 1917
DiedAugust 27, 1997(1997-08-27) (aged 79)
Pen nameBrad Ward
RelativesSamuel Calvin Peeples, father. Lillius Ettie Hamblin, mother.

Samuel Anthony Peeples (September 22, 1917 – August 27, 1997) was an American writer. He published several novels in the Western genre, often under the pen name Brad Ward, before moving into series television after being given a script assignment by Frank Gruber. In addition to writing Western television scripts, he became the creator of several Western TV shows.

Peeples wrote for the original Star Trek series; his episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", was the second pilot. Later, he contributed "Beyond the Farthest Star", the first episode of the animated series Star Trek.[1] He also wrote an alternative script, Worlds That Never Were, for the second Star Trek motion picture, but it was not used; instead the producers decided to continue work on the script which would be filmed as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. However, one character from his draft, Doctor Savik, would eventually morph into the character of Lieutenant Saavik.

Peeples died of cancer on September 22, 1997 at age 79.


  • The Dream Ends in Fury (1949) (paperback title: Outlaw Vengeance)
  • The Hanging Hills (as Brad Ward) (1952)
  • Johnny Sundance (as Brad Ward) (1953)
  • The Marshal Of Medicine Bend (as Brad Ward) (1954)
  • The Baron of Boot Hill (as Brad Ward) (1954)
  • The Lobo Horseman (1955) aka (The Lobo Horseman: Was he the last threat to Dynamite Valley?)
  • The Call of the Gun (1955)
  • The Man from Andersonville (1956) (as Brad Ward)
  • Terror at Tres Alamos (1956)
  • Doc Colt (1957)
  • Frontier Street (as Brad Ward) (1958)
  • The Man Who Died Twice (1976)
  • Why I Am A Gangster (1978)


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