I am trying to re-find an sf short story I read in a compilation paperback some 50 years ago. No memory now of compilation title, story title or author! But it did make a notable impression on me then and I copied it out but have long since lost it.
It ends with "Let there be light!" and is NOT THE ASIMOV STORY. This story is about the Creation (Asimov's is about Re-Creation if you like) and concerns an inchoate intelligence existing in endless nothingness who sets about planning what to do about its loneliness.
Tinkle any bells anyone?

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    I'm reasonably sure you're referring to the Bible. The bit you want is the first anthology story.
    – Valorum
    Dec 12 '15 at 13:24
  • One of these maybe? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_there_be_light#In_literature
    – Raidri
    Dec 12 '15 at 13:29
  • I'm reasonably sure you're referring to the song Hide and Seek by Howard Jones.
    – Mr Lister
    Dec 12 '15 at 13:46
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    @Richard But that's Fantasy, not SciFi ;) Dec 12 '15 at 15:47
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    @CodesInChaos - We refer to works of religion as "mythology" 'round these parts. So as not to offend religious types.
    – Valorum
    Dec 12 '15 at 17:08

Eric Frank Russell's short short story, "Sole Solution".

Last lines:

The time was now. The experiment must begin.

Leaning forward, he gazed into the dark and said, ‘Let there be light.’

And there was light.

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