I’ll admit it: I’m neglectful of the short-story format in terms of both reading and writing. I far prefer big, complicated, multi-threaded stories, so short stories aren’t something that suit me all that well.
That being said, some of the folks in my writing group aren’t neglectful, like John Dixon, in this recent post and in an older post.
If you’re looking for some good reading, I’d check him out.
Edited to add: more interesting reading can be found at Laura Lam’s website, where Rob Haines does a guest post describing 18th Century clockwork, which was probably more advanced than you think.