This wiki is devoted to the award-winning Hyperion series of science fiction novels by author Dan Simmons. The story is centered around the events set into motion by the opening of the Time Tombs on the planet Hyperion. The story is divided into four separate novels - Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, and The Rise of Endymion - sometimes considered two larger stories each split into two parts for publication convenience. The short story Orphans of the Helix is also set in the Hyperion universe. The group of stories set in the Hyperion universe as a whole is sometimes referred to as the Hyperion Cantos, not to be confused with the Hyperion Cantos that form a major plot device within the stories themselves. This wiki allows fans of these stories to collaboratively create an extensive and comprehensive database of information related to the Hyperion universe.
The Shrike derives its moniker from the family of Old Earth birds of the same name, which are known for impaling their prey on the thorns of trees. Much like its namesake, the Shrike has a special "tree" for its victims: a vast, artificial tree-like armature made of a substance resembling chrome steel and studded with three-meter-long thorns.