Writers of the Future XXIV
Humans have wiped themselves out due to a plague initialized by a fundamentalist. An AI starship, WC Planet Builder Duxa, is charged with recreating a new Earth. As Duxa works, she sifts through recordings of humans railing against religion and cheering on humanity’s better qualities, urging Duxa to make sure that only these qualities. The ship has found the perfect place to reconstruct humanity; however, she only discovers later that jellyfish-like aliens exist here. Only after killing 20 in experiments does she communicate and learn that aliens are intelligent.
An admirable vision of compromising what their “heaven” can be (although I’m not sure why Duxa did not seek a compromise earlier). Moving .