(written from a Production point of view)
Samuel Anthony Peeples (22 September 1917 – 26 August 1997; age 79) was a writer who has worked on Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Animated Series. After that he became the story editor on Jason of Star Command, a live-action spin-off of Space Academy. James Doohan was a regular in Jason of Star Command, playing Commander Canarvin. The series also co-starred Sid Haig.
Early in his career, Peeples worked as a writer on numerous television series from the 1950s, mostly westerns, such as The Rifleman, The Tall Man, Frontier Circus, Have Gun - Will Travel and The Legend of Jesse James.
An avid fan of science fiction, Peeples served as a consultant to Gene Roddenberry during the writing of the first Star Trek pilot, "The Cage". He introduced Roddenberry to the works of many known science fiction authors, such as Robert Heinlein and Olaf Stapledon. Peeples also made a list for Roddenberry about the sci-fi writers he should contact and ask for contribution to the series. The list included Harlan Ellison. (Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, p 84).
In 1977, Peeples co-wrote the failed pilot Spectre with Roddenberry. Later, he wrote additional material into the screenplay of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but went uncredited for his contributions.
Star Trek credits Edit
- TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
- TAS: "Beyond the Farthest Star"
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - additional writing material (uncredited)