The Reverend Launceston P. Holsworthy.
After an uneventful life in the church, he decided there must be more to his than that, so he started looking for another one. Due to circumstances directly within his control he was accused of blasphemy by his superiors who in an fit of ecclesiastical embarrassment, forced him to retire and nothing more was said. That was until recently when apparently reams of his writings were discovered hidden in some dusty drawer. And I wouldn't be at all surprised if it is from these supposedly long-lost papers that this compendium has more than likely been compiled.
"Due to a certain shortfall in the record-keeping department, most of the Earth's occupants were unaware they should be poised for the arrival of a new planet in their solar system. A planet that until recently, had been almost completely forgotten. Some of those who had remembered, looked forward to its return, and thought of it as the answer to all their problems. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite as simple as that or quite how they may have remembered it. Because at that very moment a small, but brave, group of the planet's occupants were gliding across the blackness of space, vaguely in the direction of Earth. I wish I could tell you that they'd come to warn us, just in the nick of time, of some terrible catastrophe. Unfortunately, they didn't have a clue what was going on either, but that's another story."