Years ago, when I was in 6th grade, I picked up a sci-fi novel(-la? Pretty short) that was either translated into Chinese, or written in Chinese, more likely the former. That novel is centered around a machine that accelerates Earth's rotation artificially. It is someone's attempt to simulate weightlessness on Earth. They turn on the machine to accelerate Earth's natural rotation and take advantage of the centrifugal force. Consequently, things gets out of hand and surface objects are sent flying off into space, starting at the equator. Awesome book, the first novel that I finished in one sitting.
Does anyone remember reading something like that? What's the name of that story, and who's the author? Not necessarily in Chinese; I am betting on it having a French or German author - not to exclude any English authors.