"Intelligent Design" by Ellen Klages
"Intelligent Design" by Ellen Klages is a delightful look at one of the more light-hearted possibilities of the creation of the universe.
God likes to spend his time in the void making stars. His grandmother, Nanadeus, is busy doing the grunt-work of creation, making bugs and stirring the oceans.
This story is more akin to the creation myths of primitive cultures, where the creator takes a more active role in creation. God and Nanadeus roll clay and flick stones to set their universe into motion. God is characterized as a child, which I thought was an especially nice touch. He exhibits an unfettered joy in his work that seems so natural in a child. He creates without calculation and moves on to the next project, while Nanadeus corrals his work into a coherent whole.
Unless the editors of Strange Horizons have something truly astounding up their sleeves—which is entirely possible—"Intelligent Design" will be my favorite story from them this year.