Samuel Anthony Peeples (1917-09-22)September 22, 1917
August 27, 1997(1997-08-27) (aged 79)
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. He is known to Star Trek fans for his script for the second pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", as well as "Beyond the Farthest Star", the first episode of the animated series Star Trek. 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 September 22, 1997 at age 79.