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
    Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 13:24
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    One of these maybe? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_there_be_light#In_literature
    – Raidri
    Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 13:29
  • I'm reasonably sure you're referring to the song Hide and Seek by Howard Jones.
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 13:46
  • I immediately thought of "the Last Question", but you said it wasn't Asimov, so I'm stumped.
    – Megha
    Commented Dec 13, 2015 at 7:40
  • There is of course Dark Star imdb.com/title/tt0069945/?ref_=nv_sr_1 - not sure though if that was based on a book.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 8:07

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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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