The book I'm currently reading is called Exploring English 1. Not kidding.
It was a textbook in Irish secondary schools when I were a lad. 2 was prose, 3 was poetry and 1 was short stories, and some bright spark decided to republish them for the grown up and nostalgic, hence its appearance on my lap at Christmas. Two thirds of the stories are by Irish writers but luckily we had an especially good crop to choose from. Daniel Corkery, Frank O'Connor, Brian Friel, Brendan Behan...not too shabby. The foreigners section includes real heavyweights like Saki, O Henry, Wells, Pritchett and Thurber.
Anyway, because they're textbooks, they have questions at the end, about the plot or the characters, but one story, The Three Lambs, by Liam O'Flaherty, has just one question: "Did you find this an utterly beautiful story? If not, please read it again."
Science fiction often finds its medium in short stories, maybe because it's an ideas genre and the format suits better, but I grew up on Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov, Heinlein too. Later I discovered the man who might be the Master, Guy de Maupassant, who wrote flawless pearls of stories.
Anyway, I'm off to read to my kid, (An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce) so pitch in if you're a fan.